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Bt cotton thrives at cost of child labour

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/247091/bt-cotton-thrives-cost-child.html Jyotsna Singh, New Delhi, May 4 2012, DHNS: The problems and issues related to Bt cotton production in India have been well-documented. But, what is less known is the relationship between Bt cotton seed farming and child labour. A study  ‘Dirty Cotton’ by a team of researchers from Jawaharlal Nehru University and research agency Global March has established this link. “Cross-pollination for production of Bt cotton seed is manual work and needs a large labour supply. As child labour is cheap, more children are brought into this business,” said Dr Bupinder Zutshi, assistant professor, centre for the study of regional development, JNU, who led the study. Bt cotton is […]

Measuring the contribution of Bt cotton to India’s cotton yields leap: IFPRI Report

Download the latest report from IFPRI on decade of Bt cotton in India http://www.ifpri.org/sites/default/files/publications/ifpridp01170.pdfhttp://www.ifpri.org/sites/default/files/publications/ifpridp01170.pdf    

Effect of Bt-Transgenic Cotton on Soil Biological Health

http://www.indianjournals.com/ijor.aspx?target=ijor:abr&volume=14&issue=1&article=002 Tarafdar Jagadish C.*, Rathore Indira, Shiva Vandana1 Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur, Rajasthan-342 003 (India)  1Navadanya, A-60, Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110 016, India  *email: jctarafdar@yahoo.in; tarafdar@cazri.res.in Bt cotton are plants that have been genetically modified to express the insecticidal proteins Cry 1 Acfrom subspecies of the bacterium, Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bt), to control bollworm pest that feed on cotton. There is a persistent environmental concern that transgenic Bt-crops carry genes that have indirect undesirable effect to natural and agroecosystem function. We investigated the effect of Bt-cotton (with Cry 1 Ac gene) on several microbial and biochemical indicators in fields under sub-humid tropical condition. Twenty five fields were selected in the Vidarbha region, […]

Mahyco’s clarification on the story ‘A Decade of Bt Hype’ carried on Agrarian Crisis

  April 18, 2012 To, The Editor, Indian Agrarian Crisis Secunderabad. This is with reference to your story titled ‘A decade of Bt hype’ that published in your site http://agrariancrisis.in  on April 17, 2012. We would like to bring to your notice that the first paragraph of your story mentions that Mahyco is an Indian subsidiary of Monsanto which is factually incorrect. Mahyco is not an Indian subsidiary of Monsanto. Monsanto only has a minority stake of 26% in Mahyco. We feel that an error of this nature are detrimental to Mahyco’s business as it is a reputed Indian company. I am sure you will appreciate the sensitivity involved and publish the correction at the earliest. […]

A decade of Bt hype

http://www.vijayvaani.com/FrmPublicDisplayArticle.aspx?id=2271 K P Prabhakaran Nair 17 April 2012 In August 2002, the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (rechristened Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee) was manipulated by Monsanto and its Indian subsidiary Maharashtra Hybrid Seed Company, albeit through the back door, with clandestine support from vested interests in the scientific community and open support of a vocal Rajya Sabha Member. The GEAC then granted approval for the commercial cultivation of the first “Bollgard” I cotton in India, the very first genetically engineered crop in the country. At the time I wrote an article, “Bt Cotton – Boon or Bane?” (The Hindu Business Line), which elicited spectacular enthusiasm from the reading public in India […]

Monsanto’s patent over Bt-II in India

Patent on Bt-II

Yavatmal farm widows’ plight moves Kelkar: Akola univ says Bt cotton not suitable for this region

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/Yavatmal-farm-widows-plight-moves-Kelkar/articleshow/12563503.cms NAGPUR: Economist, chairman of the 13th finance commission and retired bureaucrat Vijay Kelkar, who heads the committee formed by Maharashtra governor to take a fresh look at regional imbalance, was moved by the plight of widows of farmers who ended their lives unable to bear the economic stress. “The crisis in Vidarbha’s dry-lands is deep and of immense proportions,” he agreed after meeting hapless members of the distressed farming community and others at Bacchat Bhavan in Yavatmal collectorate on Friday. Kelkar was particularly touched by the misery of Rekha Thag, a farm widow from Venikota village, who was allegedly thrown out of the house by her in-laws after husband’s death. She now […]

BT cotton is not good for farmers

http://expressbuzz.com/states/karnataka/bt-cotton-is-not-good-for-farmers/378592.html BANGALORE:  Ten years after BT cotton was introduced in India, the data obtained from the Directorate of Economics and Statistics, Government of India, revealed that BT has not proved good to the farmers. At first, the cost of insecticides used by farmers in the cotton growing areas in the state increased by 166 per cent between 2004 and 2010.  Companies supporting BT cotton  claimed that BT would significantly control bollworms, an insect pest that kills cotton plantation. Thus if the farmers used BT, the amount of insecticide should have dipped or remained constant. However, the data shows from 1996 to 2004, the cost of insecticide used per hectre of […]

Hope for farmers: Biotech firm pulled up for crop losses

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/Hope-for-farmers-Biotech-firm-pulled-up-for-crop-losses/Article1-833223.aspx Zia Haq, Hindustan Times New Delhi, March 31, 2012 A farm biotech company has been held accountable for losses from genetically modified (GM) crops for the first time in India, a move that could address the issue of farmer suicides in the country. The decision, however, is being legally challenged. Two-thirds of Indians depend on agricultural income for subsistence, and according to figures reported in Parliament, over 700 farmers had committed suicide in 2010-11 due to crop losses. The Indian arm of German-origin Bayer Cropscience was ordered to pay Rs 45 lakh to 164 farmers in Maharashtra’s Dhule district after one of its BT cotton hybrids failed. In Madhya Pradesh, […]

The Bt show at 10–THE TIMES OF INDIA

Jayashree Nandi, TNN | Apr 1, 2012, 07.15AM IS F0r afarmerthere is nothing m ore precious than his crop. But in parts ofVidarbha region this week, groups of farmers and women put fire to their cotton produce. The farmers were all deep in debt and the women were mostly widows of men who have committed suicide in recent years. It was not a protest against banks or moneylenders, it was a protest against Bt cotton which the farmers blame for their misfortunes. Bt cotton completed 10 years in India this week and Vidarbha farmers used the moment to raise their voice against the seed that once promised them gold. Instead, they cry, it has turned them into […]

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