The Failure of GMO Cotton In India

Published Tuesday 8th Sept, 2020 by Independent Science News: “The Failure of GMO Cotton In India” by Prof. Andrew Paul Gutierrez, Dr. Hans R. Herren and Dr. Peter E. Kenmore

Synopsis: By nearly all measures, hybrid Bt cotton in India is a failure. Indian yields are low and less than that of many countries which shun hybrid and GMO cotton. In 2017, 31 countries were ranked above India in terms of cotton yield. Meanwhile, despite initial decreases after adoption, applied insecticide use is now above what it was when GMO Bt cotton was introduced. Combined with the high cost of Bt hybrid cotton seed it is easy to explain the extreme economic distress of Indian farmers.

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