Cotton industry slams Food Babe’s attempt to blame GMO cotton for Indian farmers’ suicides

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Companies, heed Cotton, Incorporated’s example. Their product is soft, but they have bolls of steel.

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Cotton, Incorporated, which does research and marketing for American conventional and organic producers of upland cotton . . . didn’t take Food Babe’s bullying lightly. The company’s response to Food Babe’s blog post attacking cotton as the “world’s dirtiest crop” . . . was a refreshing change from food industry pandering.

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It’s important to note that organic cotton. . . isn’t more . . .more “sustainable.” Though organic cotton farmers do use insecticides to stave off pest damage, farmers suffer crop losses without the Bt insecticidal trait in genetically engineered cotton.

Related article:  Young food scientists on why they stood up to Food Babe

The most critical allegation Hari makes about cotton: “Since 2002, thousands of Indian farmers committed suicide after the costly GMO seeds they used failed. . .”

. . . .The suicide rate in India for all people, not just farmers, is among the highest in the world. The Indian farmer suicide issue is complex. . . The suicide rate among Indian farmers has remained steady despite growing acreage of Bt cotton.

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Read full, original post: The Food Babe Is A Bully And Cotton Incorporated Isn’t Going To Take It

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