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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

GM SEEDS: GM cotton seeds a threat to Indian farmers: Researchers!
Have you read, “Mayhem of the Miserables!” available @

Mon Jun 27 2011 19:15:57 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time) by IANS /

Dharwad (Karnataka), June 27 (IANS) Leading agricultural research institutions Monday warned that extensive use of genetically modified (GM) cotton seeds was destroying farming bio-diversity and jeopardising the livelihood of over four million cotton growers in India.

“Indian farmers grow 90 percent of hirsutum (species of cotton), of which 90 percent is GM cotton. Desi cotton will only survive if yields and fibre quality will improve and the maturity period reduced,” said a joint statement by Karnataka’s University of Agricultural Science, Dharwad, company bioRe India Ltd. and Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, Switzerland.

The statement cautioned farmers and other stake-holders that the supply shortage in organic cotton seeds will even effect the global organic cotton market, as India was the world’s largest producer of organic cotton.

True, GM Seeds also consume loads of water and dry up the ground levels, while native, organically cultivated varieties are, not also resistant to pests but also consume far less water, thus giving overall profits per acre!

But the GM Seeds are aggressively pushed by the corrupt administration and corporations with vested interests!!

In Andhra Pradesh, we have case studies for both the facts!!!

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