Though its recommendations are not binding, a court-appointed scientific panel has recommended to India's supreme court that a 10 year ban on field testing of genetically modified crops, both for food and non-food cultivation, in the nation
Science Insider says,
Some scientists fear the latest report will strengthen the hand of GM opponents. In May, the Supreme Court of India appointed the six-member panel of scientists to offer advice in an ongoing case in which anti-GM activist Aruna Rodrigues and others have challenged the introduction of GM crops in India. Among the panel's recommendations are calls for more rigorous "intergeneration" animal feeding studies, a halt on trials conducted outside public institutes, and the removal of advisers with conflicts of interest from regulatory bodies.