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Bt cotton to be investigated for toxicity

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Feb '07
Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) along with many farmers of the state believe that death of thousands of sheep last year was due to consumption of Bt cotton plant leaves.

On the back of this assumption, National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) has decided to investigate whether the cause of death of over 1,500 sheep in Andhra Pradesh was due to consumption of Bt cotton plant material.

Deccan Development Society considered this as an important issue and had requested NIN to carry out toxic studies, P V Satheesh, Director of Deccan Development Society, informed here on Wednesday.

Scientists from Asian countries were of the opinion that genetically engineered seeds were not the proper solution for pest control on the contrary organic farming should be encouraged.


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