Non-government organisations are applauding the Indian government's decision to prohibit planting of Monsanto-Mahyco's genetically-modified Bt cotton, the Times of India reported.

Pune-based NGO Kalpavriksh, Deccan Development Society, Centre for World Solidarity, the Andhra Pradesh Coalition in Defence of Diversity and organisations working on formulating India's National Biodiversity Strategy said that GM crops posed a real threat to India's ecology and economy.

The NGOs emphasised that government-appointed Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) should now insist on long term studies on the potential ecological, social and economic impact of any proposed GM crop or GM Food.