New technologies and farmers’ wellbeing: Prof M S Swaminathan
June 02, 2017: There are several media articles both underlying the usefulness of the GM technology, as for instance, the GM mustard, as well as the risks and environmental harm that these may lead to. In this context, the following principles will enable the reconciliation of divergent views. First is the need for an impartial assessment and public acceptance of biosafety. Second a clear understanding of the cost, risk and benefit structure of the new technologies is required. This will help to ensure equity in access to technology. Finally the farmer is the ultimate judge of the value of technology. A rigorous assessment by farmers of new technologies before their release will ensure the safety of the technology on the one hand and its economic attractiveness on the other.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.