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Crop Biotech Update

Study Shows Positive Impacts of GM Cotton Adoption in Burkina Faso

January 25, 2017

GM cotton decreased pesticide use by two-thirds, produced more yields than conventional cotton, and reduced labor input in Burkina Faso. This is the result of a study conducted by scientists from Oklahoma State University and L'Institut de l'Environnement et de Recherches Agricoles (INERA), Burkina Faso, covering six years of farm survey data.

They also found that farm size was not a deterrent to GM cotton adoption. All farms, regardless of size, benefitted significantly from growing GM cotton. The results also suggest that labor is higher valued and efficiently utilized on GM cotton farms than to conventional cotton.

More of their findings are published in the journal AgBioForum.