Greenpeace has launched a new report saying that farming organic cotton in India is more profitable than growing genetically engineered…
Greenpeace says this difference is magnified during periods of drought. In its report titled “Picking Cotton – The choice between organic and genetically-engineered cotton for farmers in South India” Greenpeace has conducted a comparative study among cotton farmers in Andhra Pradesh, southern India. It claims that farmers cultivating rain-fed cotton through organic practices earned 200% more net income than similar farmers who grew Genetically Engineered cotton [Bt cotton] in 2009/10.
Other results of the survey claim that the cost of cultivation is almost twice as expensive for Bt cotton farmers than for organic cotton farmers, both in 2008/09 and 2009/10. “The higher expense includes higher costs of seeds, pesticides, fertilisers and interests for loans. Higher loan costs are a direct consequence of higher cost of inputs for cultivation for Bt cotton farmers,” the report reads.
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