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Greenpeace flays Govt's go-ahead to Bt cotton

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MUMBAI, March 28

GREENPEACE has denounced the decision of India's Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) to allow commercialisation of Monsanto's Bt cotton variety.

"Many, many important ecological questions have been left unanswered in the rush to approve this faulty product," Dr Doreen Stabinsky, Greenpeace science advisor, said in a statement on Thursday.

Greenpeace said it has raised questions about the efficacy of the product, the potential for pests to quickly develop resistance, and the risk of contamination of other wild and cultivated cotton varieties grown in India.

Greenpeace cited experience in Australia, which showed that Bt cotton has significant shortcomings in control of the target pest, Helicoverpa armigera.

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