Top African producer bans Monsanto GM cotton

Farmer Darshan Singh plucks cotton from his damaged Bt cotton field on the outskirts of Bhatinda in Punjab, India, October 28, 2015. REUTERS/Munish Sharma

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-african-gm-cotton.html

Burkina Faso, Africa’s top cotton producer and the sole West African nation to venture into biotech farming, is dropping genetically-modified (GM) cotton on quality grounds.

The world’s 10th largest cotton producer, with four of its 19 million people dependent on the “white gold”, Burkina Faso earlier this month said it was giving up Monsanto’s GM Bt cotton because it had proved uneconomical.

Burkina took up GM cotton in the 2000s in the hopes of bumping up returns on what was then its top export product, surpassed in 2009 by gold.

But the country’s association of cotton producers now say GM cotton, though producing higher yields, has caused a drop in crop quality.

“The cotton fibre we are producing today is short,” Burkina Faso’s new President Roch Marc Christian Kabore told AFP this month.

Fibre length is key in textiles with longer ones tending to produce stronger yarns because they allow fibres to twist around each other more times, also enabling higher spinning speeds.

But the shorter fibres now being produced from Burkina’s GM cotton “means that in market terms it’s an activity which is no longer very attractive for us,” the president said.

The government, he added, has taken steps “to underpin the sector … and help producers.”

Those measures include tens of thousands of dollars worth of seed and fertiliser subsidies as well as price controls for producers to offset market falls.

Burkina’s Inter-professional Cotton Association (AICB), grouping the country’s main producers and the national cotton farmers’ union, is now targeting “100 percent conventional” production, Wilfried Yameogo, director of Sofitex, Burkina Faso’s main cotton company, said earlier this month.

“It’s a battle won,” added Christian Legay of the national council of organic food processors, an umbrella organisation of consumer groups and farm workers which wants a five-to-10 year moratorium on transgenic cotton in Burkina Faso.

But qualms over GM products and “frankenfoods” played no role in the about-face.

With Burkinabe cotton once prized for its purity and length of fibre, it was the fall in quality that weighed in favour of a return to conventional cotton.

Producers say this resulted in the sector incurring losses between 2011 and 2016 of some 48.3 billion CFA francs ($82.4 million). They insist these must come back to them in the form of compensation.

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“But qualms over GM products and “frankenfoods” played no role in the about-face. With Burkinabe cotton once prized for its purity and length of fibre, it was the fall in quality that weighed in favour of a return to conventional cotton.”

oh of course not..we cant have any bad news for GM and monsanto..

“The world’s 10th largest cotton producer, with four of its 19 million people dependent on the “white gold”, Burkina Faso earlier this month said it was giving up Monsanto’s GM Bt cotton because it had proved uneconomical.”

its short eh?

you know they could modify that..

401

~ by seeker401 on May 3, 2016.

4 Responses to “Top African producer bans Monsanto GM cotton”

  1. Reblogged this on UZA – people's courts, forums, & tribunals and commented:
    Woohoo!!! Mama Afrika she is awakening from her slumber; she will be the change; in peace

  2. We are Monsanto – “Destroyers of the earth “

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