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The legitimation of development and GM crops: The case of Bt Cotton and Indebtedness in Telangana, India
This study explores the relation between Bt cotton adoption and farmer suicides in India. This is undertaken through comparing the debt levels of Bt cotton cultivators with those adopting alternative organic and Non-Pesticide Management (NPM) methods. The study involves a total of 26 participants in three villages in Telangana, India. It argues that measures of indebtedness need to be adopted as part of assessments of both Bt cotton and development policy.
India , Farmer suicides , Cotton , Bt cotton , Telangana, India , Development policy , Debt
Desmond, E. (2016) ‘The legitimation of development and GM crops: The case of Bt Cotton and Indebtedness in Telangana, India’, World Development Perspectives, 1, pp. 23-25. doi: 10.1016/j.wdp.2016.05.008