Burkina Faso: Country abandons genetically modified cotton

| July 4, 2016

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Burkina Faso will be phasing out genetically modified cotton. President Roch Marc Christian Kabore announced that permission to grow genetically modified cotton will be withdrawn from 2018 onwards.

Genetically modified cotton was introduced in Burkina Faso after much of the country’s harvests were destroyed by pests and drought in the 1990s. The government first distributed genetically modified seeds to cotton farmers in 2009.

US company Monsanto told the Burkina Faso government at the time that their genetically modified cotton seeds were designed to be resistant to a changing climate, simplify pest protection, and produce bumper yields.

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