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Genetically Modified Cotton

Index of articles in the Science in Society Archive on the topic GM cotton. For articles in other categories, please see the SiS archive menu.

Bt Cotton Directly Linked to Indian Farmer Suicides in Rain-Fed Areas
Study finds farmers driven to suicide from increased costs of not being able to save seeds and increased chemical inputs, coupled with inadequate access to agronomic information
Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji 14th July 2015

GM-Spin Meltdown in China
Bt cotton in China is often cited as an example of a successful GM crop. In fact, its widespread use has merely replaced the cotton borer with a serious pest that not only attacks cotton but also many other crops
Prof. Peter Saunders 7th July 2010

Lessons from Bt Cotton
ISIS Letter to Hilary Benn, UK Secretary of State for the Environment
ISIS 13th January 2010

Mealy Bug Plagues Bt Cotton in India and Pakistan
The new menace that came with Bt cotton
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 11th January 2010

Farmer Suicides and Bt Cotton Nightmare Unfolding in India
The largest wave of farmer suicides and ecological nightmare unfolding around Bt cotton. Dr. Mae-Wan Ho exposes the “fudged” data and false claims of ‘successes’ that have perpetrated the humanitarian disaster
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 6th January 2010

Monsanto's Bt Cotton Kills the Soil as Well as Farmers
Monsanto’s Genetically Engineered Bt-cotton is not just killing farmers, it is also killing the soil
Navdanya 23rd February 2009

Transgenic Cotton Offers No Advantage
May decrease income by up to 40 percent or more
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Prof. Peter Saunders 27th March 2008

BT Allergy in North India Crying Out for Attention
Dr. Sudhir Kumar Kaura’s impassioned plea
Dr. Sudhir Kumar Kaura 28th January 2008

Picking Cotton Carefully
Cotton is known as “white gold” in some parts of the world. But the price in pesticides poisonings and the decimation of ecosystems is too high to pay. Only a return to organic cotton farming will turn the tide.
Sam Burcher 15th March 2007

Mass Deaths in Sheep Grazing on Bt Cotton
At least 1 800 sheep reported dead from severe toxicity after grazing on Bt cotton fields in just four villages in Andhra Pradesh India
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 3rd May 2006

More Illnesses Linked to Bt Crops
Further evidence has emerged on the link between common transgenic proteins and serious allergic reactions while regulators turn a deaf ear and approve yet more planting
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 18th April 2006

Indian Cotton Farmers Betrayed
Rhea Gala travels to Andhra Pradesh to find out why small farmers are still planting GM Bt cotton when it has failed miserably since its introduction four years ago
Rhea Gala 2nd February 2006

Message from Andra Predesh:Return to organic cotton & avoid the Bt cotton trap
No more debt, pesticides and suicides for Indian cotton farmers who avoid Bt-cotton and regain livelihood, health, independence and peace of mind with organic methods
Rhea Gala 5th January 2006

Scientists Confirm Failures of Bt-Crops
Ineffective against insect pests, harmful to health and biodiversity, yield drag, pest resistance
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 26th September 2005

Organic Cotton Beats Bt Cotton in India
Organic cotton is incomparably superior to genetically modified Bt cotton
Rhea Gala 5th August 2005

India's Bt Cotton Fraud
Monsanto rides roughshod over Indian cotton farmers leaving a wake of false claims and doctored information, despite being fined for bribery in Indonesia
Rhea Gala 3rd May 2005

Australia Adopts GM Cotton but is it Wise?
The moratorium on GM canola holds but Bt cotton slips through. Sam Burcher reports.
Sam Burcher 3rd February 2005

GM Cotton Fiascos Around the World
Cotton is responsible for more than 10% of world pesticide use including some of the most hazardous, and 25% of all insecticide use. As weeds and insects become resistant, more and more pesticides are needed
Rhea Gala 26th January 2005

GM Cotton: Corruption, Hype, Half-truths and Lies
Monsanto has just been fined $1.5m by the US Department of Justice for a bribe of $50 000 paid to a senior Indonesian environmental official in an unsuccessful bid to bypass the requirement for the environmental impact statement for its Bt cotton crop
Rhea Gala 21st January 2005

GM Cotton that People Forgot
GM cotton has aroused relatively little resistance outside the Third World for the simple reason that it is wrongly perceived to be a non-food crop.
Prof. Joe Cummins and Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 20th January 2005

GM Cotton Fails in Indonesia
Contrary to Monsanto’s claim, its GM cotton succumbed to drought and insect attack while indigenous variety thrived
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 14th February 2001