Two Narratives about Bt Cotton: Technological Triumph or Abject Failure?

Since 2002, there have been two threads of dissent regarding Bt Cotton. One paints it as a triumph for farmers, resulting in higher yields and returns while the other, the “anti-GMO” (genetically modified organism) narrative has claimed that Bt seeds are akin to “suicide seeds,” responsible for debt, despair and suicide. 

This compilation examines these twin narratives and also attempts to trace this the history of Bt Cotton in India including studies examining its economic viability and efficacy. 



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