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Special Report: How Monsanto's GM cotton sowed trouble in Africa

Reuters  |  BOBO-DIOULASSO, Burkina Faso 

By Joe BavierBOBO-DIOULASSO, Burkina Faso (Reuters) - In 2000, farmers in Burkina Faso, Africa's top cotton grower, were desperate. Their cotton fetched top prices because its high-quality fibre lent a luxurious sheen to clothing and bedsheets. But pests - bollworms - were threatening the crop.Even when you dropped the bollworm larvae into a bucket of poison, farmers said, they kept swimming.U.S. seeds and pesticide company Monsanto proposed an answer: a genetically modified strain of cotton called Bollgard II, which it had already introduced in America and was marketing worldwide. GM was ...

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First Published: Fri, December 08 2017. 16:55 IST