10 years of Bt cotton: false hype and failed promises

10 years of Bt cotton: false hype and failed promises

Ten years after Bt cotton first made its appearance in India, the Coalition for GM-free India has released this special report and demands an immediate halt to the policy of promoting Bt cotton.

In summary, the story of Bt cotton is clearly that of false hype and failed promises. Bt cotton has failed to meet its promise in terms of sustained yield gains, pest protection and reduction in pesticide usage. It is time for the government, scientists and policy-makers to reject the hype around Bt cotton, and focus on sustainable solutions and pro-farmer measures to achieve production, environmental safety and farmers’ welfare that are long-lasting.

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