Indian lawmakers have called for a ban on GMOs and other technologies to combat the spread of diseases, saying India has failed to control the spread.
India has recorded the second-highest number of cases of colorectal cancer in the world this year, with more than 1,300 cases reported in the first seven months of this year.
The Indian parliament passed a bill on Monday to prohibit the production of GMOs and the use of such technologies for genetic modification, the country’s parliament said in a statement.
The bill is an attempt to “prevent the introduction of genetic modification into India and to stop the creation of artificial life,” the statement said.
It would also protect citizens and “make it difficult for the government to introduce new diseases,” the lawmakers said.
The country is home to some of the world’s largest and most intensively-controlled crops and a major producer of meat, dairy and eggs.
The move comes as India is grappling with a series of new diseases including dengue, chikungunya, measles, and malaria, which are also spreading rapidly.
More than 100,000 people have been killed in the country in the past three years because of the pandemic.