India GMO Bt cotton falsely blamed for whitefly pest infestation

| October 14, 2015
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Biotechnology industry body ABLE-AG today said it is wrong to blame Bt cotton seeds for outbreak of whitefly attack as there is no relation between the two.

“Bt technology in cotton provides resistance against specific types of insects namely Bollworms while whitefly is a different category of insects called sucking pests.

“The recent outbreak of whitefly attack has no relation with Bt technology in cotton,” ABLE-AG Executive Director Shivendra Bajaj said.

The NGO, led by activist Vandana Shiva, had said that destruction of cotton crops by whitefly in Punjab led to reported suicides by farmers.

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“Effort should be made to investigate real reasons of whitefly outbreak rather than making false claims,” Bajaj said.

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