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Farmers prefer GM cotton seeds to fight pests

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Feb '07
More and more farmers in the US are becoming aware of the usefulness of the genetically modified (GM) cotton seed. Farmers are increasingly turning to biotech cultivation to grow cotton, corn, soybeans, alfalfa or other crops.

Farmers who use such crops in agriculture are now happy as there are fewer pesticides and improved yields.

Cotton cultivators from Arizona are using a GM Bt Cottonseed which is wiping out a pest called pink bollworm that has endangered the state's cotton crop.

According to the National Cotton Council of America the cotton producers had to bear loss as much as $32 million in terms of yields and related costs.

Bt Cotton engineered by St. Louis-based Monsanto Co is genetically modified to grow a natural insecticide known as Bt toxin that can resist bollworms.

The use of modified seeds allows cotton farmers to maximize production while avoiding the harmful effects of pesticides.


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