Why did the Government ban the import of “Terminator seeds”?

(A) To contain a virus which can destroy local crops
(B) These seeds are injurious to human and animal health
(C) These seeds contain genetically engineered properties to prevent further multiplication
(D) These seeds multiply at very slow rates

Correct Answer : These seeds contain genetically engineered properties to prevent further multiplication
Question Asked : SSC Combined Graduate Level Prelim Exam 2003
Explanation : The Indian government banned the import of terminator seeds on fears the seeds would threaten traditional crops and put the well-being of Indian farmers at risk. The technology would have serious implications on the crop biodiversity. It may lead to gradual extinction of traditional varieties. Crop related wild varieties, important for natural evolution for crop species would be affected by cross-contamination. Inserting terminator genes into crops would prevent them from producing fertile seeds.
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