Verbal Question of the Day: 31
The ‘GM Crops Regulatory Regime’ policy is hurting cotton the most because over 90 per cent of the crop area is under Bt-cotton seeds. While the existing Bt-hybrids are gradually losing their effectiveness- as part of the normal process- new ones are nowhere in sight to replace them. More importantly, the major pests of cotton, notably the American or pink bollworms, which were restrained by the Bt-cotton, are reemerging and even getting immune to the currently used killer genes. If the government doesn’t allow the evolution of new and better gene-engineered strains as alternatives to the existing ones, the cotton revolution may not endure for long.
Which of the following conclusions can be drawn from the paragraph above?
- The major pests of the cotton crop are reemerging stronger than before, and threatening the cotton revolution.
- The cotton crop is the most adversely affected by the government’s GM crops’ policy.
- The onus of the premature ending of the cotton revolution is on the government’s short-sighted GM crops’ policy.
- The government’s GM crops’ policy must allow the evolution of better gene-engineered strains of cotton seeds.
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