"In the cotton belt of Vidarbha [India], where Bt cotton is widespread, the suicide rate among


"In the cotton belt of Vidarbha [India], where Bt cotton is widespread, the suicide rate among cotton farmers is spiralling out of control, with reports of more than 10 cotton farmers a month committing suicide in 2006. There are signs that even more severe problems lie ahead. Reports are coming in that bollworms, the main target pests of Bt cotton, are already developing resistance to Bt cotton...More than 55 per cent of all pesticides used in India are now used in cotton productions, even though the crop occupies only 5 per cent of the country's agricultural land."

Source: "Bt Cotton, the facts behind the hype." Seedling Magazine, January 2007. p. 21

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