ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Local and Global Elites Join Hands

While experts and activists question genetically engineered seed technology in the name of farmers' interests and a greater democratic future, farmers themselves are voting with their feet in its favour. The development and diffusion of Bt seed technology by farmers in Gujarat implies that it finds a smooth insertion in the social and agrarian space shaped by the technological culture of the green revolution. In fact, GM technology as a solution to the problems generated by the green revolution technological paradigm sustains and reinforces the hegemony of global and local elites. Though multiple global and local actors have joined hands in developing and diffusing the knowledge on Bt cotton seeds, this multipolarity neither ensures automatic democratisation nor the multiculturalism of technology.

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