The prospects for growing genetically modified (GM) food crops in India have receded further with the release of yet another damning report on 17 October. A 5-member Technical Expert Committee (TEC) of scientists with expertise in agricultural biotechnology wants all open field trials stopped until better mechanisms for monitoring the trials and evaluating biosafety data are in place, and conflicts of interest in the regulatory body have been dealt with... “The TEC’s recommendations fly in the face of what we know in science,” says Sivramiah Shantharam, a professor at Iowa State University’s Seed Science Centre. “The only option left is for the farmers of India — who have benefited from Bt cotton — to get down to the street and demand the technology. No government or political party can ignore cries of farmers.” The Supreme Court will now make a decision on the basis of this report and other evidence. A ruling could come as soon as the end of this month.