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Agricultural Economists on Bt Cotton Impacts in India

October 31, 2012

In response to the recent Report by India's Committee on Agriculture stating that Bt cotton would not benefit farmers, 65 independent agricultural economists and political scientists prepared a statement criticizing the report. The group believes that the Committee report is biased and ignorant of the large scientific evidence on Bt cotton benefits for farmers in India. Supporters of the statement include eminent Indian and international scholars in the field of agricultural development and technology evaluation. The statement which can be downloaded from http://www.uni-goettingen.de/de/43315.html was sent to the Indian Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture.

For more information and details, contact Prof. Matin Qaim at mqaim@uni-goettingen.de.