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Response on Bt Cotton

This is with regard to the comment “Campaign against Bt Cotton” by R V Ramana Murthy (EPW, 15 August 2009) in response to my article “Bt Cotton and the Myth of Enhanced Yields” (EPW, 30 May 2009). I find that Murthy has misread and misunderstood several points that I was making.

The main point that I was making was that even in the United States, the years that saw the most rapid expansion of Bt cotton actually witnessed negative growth rates even if we can see an overall higher growth rate over a 12-year adoption period. The point being made is that it is not enough to look at the higher growth rates and yields and make conclusions about the cause being Bt cotton. The same applies to Bt cotton in India. Yes, cotton yields have gone up and quite dramatically in a state like Gujarat and that is why I had presented the Cotton Corporation of India data.

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