GS Paper - 2 (Economy)

India allowed imports of genetically modified (GM) soymeal through three more ports, according to a government order, facilitating overseas purchases of the animal feed in large volumes.

What

  1. New Delhi last month allowed imports of GM soymeal for the first time to help the poultry industry, which is reeling from a surge in local soymeal prices that tripled in a year to a record high.
  2. But the government permitted overseas purchases of the animal feed only through the Nhava Sheva Port, primarily for containers.
  3. This government order said that besides the Nhava Sheva Port, traders could now import soymeal via the Mumbai Sea Port, the Tuticorin Sea Port and the Visakhapatnam Sea Port.
  4. India has contracted to import 250,000 tonnes of soymeal, including 15,000 tonnes that Indian dealers had shipped out only two months ago.

Flashback

  1. There are three types of GM foods, one with Genetically Modified Organism (GMO), second with Living Modified Organism (LMO) and third with Non-Living Modified Organism (NLMO).
  2. The soyameal is NLMO. The Environment Ministry has said it has no impact on human and animal health as well as on the environment.