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More on Bt Cotton

In his recent letter (“Regarding Bt Cotton”, 29 August 2009), Shanthu Shantharam (SS) was critical of Kavitha Kuruganti’s (KK) analysis on the likelihood that genetic engineering in general, and Bt cotton in particular, will increase India’s agricultural security and positively contribute to its wealth creation. In his reply, SS makes superficial and certainly questionable statements.

In his recent letter (“Regarding Bt Cotton”, 29 August 2009), Shanthu Shantharam (SS) was critical of Kavitha Kuruganti’s (KK) analysis on the likelihood that genetic engineering in general, and Bt cotton in particular, will increase India’s agricultural security and positively contribute to its wealth creation. In his reply, SS makes superficial and certainly questionable statements.

In refuting KK’s thoughtful and well researched analysis, SS provides no data of his own nor does he demonstrate that he carefully read her paper. KK concluded that based on past performance of several different genetically engineered crops grown in various agroecosystems around the world, India did not have reason to conclude that genetically engineered crops would make either a lasting positive contribution to food or production security, or increase farmers’ incomes. She also provided specific information on cotton in India, including Bt varieties, for which the most recent evidence from the longest term studies outside of India are in complete agreement.

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