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In four districts of Maharashtra, close to 90% of the cotton grown belongs to the illegal HtBT variety.(Reuters File Photo/Representative Image)

Maharashtra, Telangana farmers plant illegal GM cotton in protest

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2020 02:21 AM IST
Harvesting of cotton, sown in June, is almost over in major states, including in Maharashtra and Telangana, and according to Shetkari Sangathana’s own estimates, the share of herbicide tolerant (Ht) cotton in total output from these states could be nearly 2% of the total.
A Monsanto logo is pictured in the company headquarters in Morges, Switzerland, May 25, 2016. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo(REUTERS)
A Monsanto logo is pictured in the company headquarters in Morges, Switzerland, May 25, 2016. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo(REUTERS)

Monsanto patent victory on GM cotton seeds can aggravate agrarian crisis

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 09, 2019 07:19 AM IST
Farm activists and environmentalists argue that Bt cotton technology affects biodiversity as well as farmers’ and consumers’ rights.
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