Will Human-Made Mustard flourish?

Transgenic / GM plants are those that have been genetically modified using recombinant DNA technology in order to bring out a particular new trait in the plant which did not exist naturally. Genetic modification is a process through which we can incorporate new genes from one species into a completely unrelated species through genetic engineering, optimizing agricultural performance[1]. The particular protein inserted into the plant from a foreign gene enhances the characteristics of the plant and make it sustainable to the environment to a certain extent. Recently, there has been a recommendation made to the Environment Minister from the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) to release genetically modified (GM) mustard on a commercial basis. Delhi University’s Centre for Genetic Manipulation of Plant Crops developed DMH11 (Dhara Mustard Hybrid 11) which was found to be very effective and to be having various qualities that lack in the naturally grown mustard. After the approval of BT cotton, this GM mustard is one such transgenic development in India which has a probability of getting approved. Such an approval is possible if Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave accepts the recommendation of GEAC. However, we are still waiting for the final call on this issue.

[1] https://www.nature.com/scitable/topicpage/genetically-modified-organisms-gmos-transgenic-crops-and-732