GM cotton report sparks war of words

The cotton industry has never been free from controversy. Whether debating sustainability, organic cotton status or genetic modification (GM), views across the industry have seldom been aligned.

Following the release of the recent Soil Association (SA) report on GM cotton in India – interpreted on the whole as a damning account of what it described as “the astronomical rise and catastrophic fall of GM cotton in India” – another tempestuous row has erupted with cotton at the centre.

Soil Association maintains that GM is harming the lives of farmers, both economically and otherwise. “Organic cotton can be just as profitable as non-organic cotton, incomes are more secure as farmers grow other crops alongside their cotton, and organic farmers have the opportunity to supply a market that has been growing for years.”
Source: EcoTextile News (Thursday, October 12, 2017)
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Submitted by Andrea Bischof


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