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Seed availability for non-GM cotton production - An explorative study

Louis Bolk Institute (Ed.) (2015) Seed availability for non-GM cotton production - An explorative study. Seed & Soils Task Force, OCRT, Textile Exchange .

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This explorative study is an inventory: A first assessment of the problems of accessing organic seed and the contamination of organic cotton seed with genetic modification (GM) in the field. Outcomes of the inventory lead to hypotheses to be tested in further regional workshops. This inventory is an initial step in developing a master plan for safeguarding the availability of organic cotton seed.
Approximately 81% of respondents overall, including 90% of organic farmers who responded, are of the opinion that organic cotton seed is difficult to access. In countries where GM cotton is predominant (the USA, India, China and Burkina Faso) close to 90% of respondents feel it is “difficult” to “impossible” to access organic cotton seed. Accessing organic cotton seed is considered problematic even in countries where GM cotton is not grown.
Close to 96% of respondents believe that seed multiplication programmes are important to ensure the availability of organic cotton seed.
Next to seed multiplication, breeding programmes to better adapt varieties to organic and low-input growing conditions were a priority. It is recommended that workshops be implemented in India, China and West-Africa to develop detailed seed strategies for those areas.


EPrint Type:Report
Keywords:GM cotton, cotton, Baumwolle, organic cotton seed, contamination, Department of Crop Sciences, Plant Breeding & Varitey Testing, Department of International Cooperation, Policy & Sector Development, Green cotton
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Breeding, genetics and propagation
Environmental aspects
Research affiliation: Netherlands > Louis Bolk Institute
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > International Cooperation
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Crop Production
Related Links:http://www.fibl.org/de/themen/biobaumwolle.html, http://www.fibl.org/de/schweiz/forschung/nutzpflanzenwissenschaften/pb-projekte/green-cotton.html
Deposited By: Messmer, Dr. Monika
ID Code:28910
Deposited On:05 Jun 2015 10:05
Last Modified:25 Feb 2016 08:56
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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