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By the next generation the world population is estimated to double and the demand on food is also expected to grow relatively.

With the progress in biotechnology there will be less usage of chemicals. The new methods applied are making crops tolerant to insects, and to certain herbicides that will kill weeds and other pests.

In the early 1970s, when rice in South-East Asia was attacked by the grassy stunt virus, a gene from a wild strain of rice (Oryza nivara) from Uttar Pradesh helped save the crop.

Brassica (rapeseed-mustard) is the second most important edible oilseed crop in India after groundnut and accounts for nearly 30% of the total oilseeds produced in the country.

Many people who are vegetarians feel that if they consume vegetables that contain animal genes through the fertilizer that is applied, their food would not be purely vegetarian. This is a matter where each person has his/her own choice and opinion and this can differ from person to person.

Swiss researchers recently announced a major breakthrough in genetically modified rice grains to contain more Vitamin A and iron.

India has emerged as the world’s largest producer of milk, the world’s second largest producer of vegetables and fruits, and of wheat. It has even overtaken USA both in the production and per hectare yield of wheat.