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February 12, 2022

On November 26, 2020, trade unions in India reported that over 250 MILLION people took part in a strike. What could prompt such massive protest? Farming. Today, we’re going to take a closer look at GMOs, which are organisms whose DNA has been modified in a laboratory, and examine the impact of one GMO in particular, Bt Cotton, in the agrarian crisis in India.

SOURCES

GEOGRAPHY BOOKS
Knox and Marston 2016: Human Geography Place and Regions in a Global Context. 7th Edition. Pearson

FARMER SUICIDES
Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, Every Thirty Minutes:
Farmer Suicides, Human Rights, and the Agrarian Crisis in India (New York: NYU School of Law, 2011).
SEEDSShiva, Vandana. 2016. Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply. University of Kentucky Press
grain.org/en/article/6644-booklet-upov-the-great-seeds-robbery

UPOV
upov.int/about/en/faq.html

US COTTON PRODUCTION
ers.usda.gov/topics/crops/cotton-wool/cotton-sector-at-a-glance/
farm.ewg.org/progdetail.php?fips=00000&progcode=cotton

US SUBSIDIES
publish.illinois.edu/illinoisblj/2012/02/02/united-states-last-chance-to-save-cotton-subsidies/

WTO MEMBERSHIP
wto.org/english/thewto_e/whatis_e/tif_e/org6_e.htm

FREE TRADE
oxfamilibrary.openrepository.com/bitstream/handle/10546/112391/cr-rigged-rules-double-standards-010502-en.pdf:sequence=18
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