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This is how Aatmanirbhar works in agriculture - indigenous development of more productive crop varieties by using modern biotechnological tools like genetic engg/genome editing.  I am still against the process-oriented over-regulation of these varieties, but after 2 decades of anti-biotech policies (post-Vajpayee era), I'll take whatever bone is thrown right now.

 

https://www.financialexpress.com/market/commodities/drought-resistant-genome-edited-rice-variety-likely-to-be-released-to-farmers-by-2026-agriculture-minister-narendra-singh-tomar/2600615/

 

Drought-resistant & genome edited rice variety likely to be released to farmers by 2026: Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar

A drought-resistant rice variety developed through application of genome-edited technology for the first time in the country, is expected to be available for field evaluation by kharif 2024 and for commercial cultivation by farmers by 2026, agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar has said. The environment ministry and Department of Biotechnology (DBT) have given the sanctions for the field evaluation of genome-edited rice variety during the kharif 2024 season to Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Delhi, Tomar stated in a written reply to Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

 

Added in edit: Hopefully the ecoterrorists won't stop this with their anachronistic ideologies.

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There is a lot of push for organic farming as well. Sikkim, AP leading it. There are some crusaders who are waging war on fertilizers. In my locality In Bengaluru there is a whole store dedicated to only organically grown vegetables. There are some  actors like Kishore who is crusading organic farming leading by example, growing organic crops and vegetables and is an activist as well. Just like DiCaprio. 

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∆ Don't think this should be a binary though. From my view point organic is allright but it is not the real issue we are facing or the one we are going to face. The real issue will be soil. And that's going to overwhelm humanity. Depleting organic content of soil is alarming to say the least. 

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23 minutes ago, ravishingravi said:

∆ Don't think this should be a binary though. From my view point organic is allright but it is not the real issue we are facing or the one we are going to face. The real issue will be soil. And that's going to overwhelm humanity. Depleting organic content of soil is alarming to say the least. 

Agree, organic farming can be controlled niche market , which it is now. It is not that it is bad. But it is also a fact that it is not sustainable and certainly not for large-scale production. As the OP says, there are other venues to reduce harmful  fertilizer usage  and also maintain large scale production. 

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2 hours ago, coffee_rules said:

TFS. We have come a long way. Just yesterday I was reading about Somalia and they are having shortage of food grains. This shows how R&D is important in any field to sustain growth. Looking forward to eat protein rich rice.. 

 

And none of this would have been possible had we had not embraced the green revolution in the 60s. It carved the path to self sufficiency. 

 

We must always strive to adopt the most modern technologies and apply them to our crops to get the best yield and nutritional value. We must vet technologies based on these outcomes (does it yield more? does it have more <insert target nutrient>? is it safer for the environment? etc.), and not based on the process used (is it organic?), where it was developed (is it a "Western" technology?) or historical use considerations (was it used by our ancestors?"). 

 

As Dr. Radhakrishnan said, "The golden age is in a future vision, not in a fabled past." 

 

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Pesticides bad, organic good?  What about organic pesticides?

 

https://mindmatters.ai/2022/11/pesticides-bad-organics-good-but-how-do-we-know-its-true/

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If a substance is found to be carcinogenic by sticking a tube down a rat’s throat and literally pumping solution of that substance, usually dissolved with a special solvent because mostly they can’t get high enough doses dissolved in water, into the rat stomach, and you do that day after day after day, and the rat develops tumors, that substance is carcinogenic and it is banned.

Gilder argued that by this logic, if a vineyard were to spray wine on its own grapes as a would-be pesticide, then in the EU wine “would have to be banned because it’s an obvious carcinogen.”
The solution is to just go organic and eat natural pesticide-free food, right?
Not so fast. Gilder observes that “There’s this assumption that nature is always benign, always wonderful, something that’s natural is better for you than something that’s manmade.” But he believes this is “irrational,” because natural, organic foods tend to contain natural pesticides in far higher quantities than other produce treated with synthetic pesticides.

 

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8 hours ago, Clarke said:

GMO Mustard > consumed by bees > bees turn into butterfly > butterfly turns into vulture/giant monster :police:

 

 

 

 

I disagree with his statement towards the end "we have not made progress in this field because we got lazy."  No, it is because India let itself go astray following the likes of Dr. Vandana Shiva on one hand, and equating "natural, ancestral farming" with aatmanirbhar.  That is not laziness - it is willful ignorance.  Glad to see such attitudes being swept away.  But it must be noted that the release of GM mustard is held up in courts; we can thank our friendly neighborhood science-free e-activist for that.

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6 hours ago, BacktoCricaddict said:

GMO Mustard > consumed by bees > bees turn into butterfly > butterfly turns into vulture/giant monster :police:

@Clarke

 

:cantstop:

That's SG's sense of humor

 

6 hours ago, BacktoCricaddict said:

 

I disagree with his statement towards the end "we have not made progress in this field because we got lazy."  No, it is because India let itself go astray following the likes of Dr. Vandana Shiva on one hand, and equating "natural, ancestral farming" with aatmanirbhar.  That is not laziness - it is willful ignorance.  Glad to see such attitudes being swept away.  But it must be noted that the release of GM mustard is held up in courts; we can thank our friendly neighborhood science-free e-activist for that.

 

He's stating 'we' as a nation, meaning we didn't keep our eyes on the ball and work on it as a P1 issue to effectively conclude it. So when the ignorant nonsense keeps coming, work towards dispelling it with facts endlessly. If it can't be done in six months, finish it in a year or two and not drag it for decades by sidelining it in the interest of electoral politics. 

 

The irony in the end is people already consume imported oil which likely came from GM crop such as soyabean but will have a problem from it being grown locally. 

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On 9/8/2022 at 1:45 PM, BacktoCricaddict said:

It's time to tune out the doomsdayer environmental activists and keep pushing forward on producing more with less, including more food from less land.  High-density energy.  Land-sparing.  That is the way forward to protect resources for humanity.   The prophets of doom can shove it.

 

correct, doomsday predections are counterproductive and only breed apathy or anxiety, neither of which can be harnessed positively

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