India is abandoning Monsanto’s GM cotton for indigenous varieties

Indian tribal farmers hold placards as they take part in a demonstration against the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government to protest against the promotion of multinationals in farming sector by the Indian government at the time in Bhopal, India, 31 March 2012. Farmers staged protests under the campaign 'Hamara Beej Abhiyan' or 'Our Seed Agitation' to protest against Monsanto, the US-based multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation, and other world trade organisations, demanding they leave India. The farmers claimed that one decade has completed for the BT cotton industry accepted in professional farming as a result of which farmers engaged in cotton farming have become helpless and poor by the day and also got debt-ridden and are compelled to commit suicide from time to time. The farmers alleged that with the introduction of genetically modified BT cotton in the country, such companies are monopolising the seed industry.

Indian tribal farmers hold placards as they take part in a demonstration against the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government to protest against the promotion of multinationals in farming sector by the Indian government at the time in Bhopal, India, 31 March 2012. Farmers staged protests under the campaign ‘Hamara Beej Abhiyan’ or ‘Our Seed Agitation’ to protest against Monsanto, the US-based multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation, and other world trade organisations, demanding they leave India. The farmers claimed that one decade has completed for the BT cotton industry accepted in professional farming as a result of which farmers engaged in cotton farming have become helpless and poor by the day and also got debt-ridden and are compelled to commit suicide from time to time. The farmers alleged that with the introduction of genetically modified BT cotton in the country, such companies are monopolising the seed industry.

By NEOnline | IR

India is dumping Monsanto’s genetically modified Bt cotton in favor of “desi”, an indigenous variety, which comes at half the cost and farmers are allowed to save seed to plant next year.

Sales of the seed are down by 15% year on year, worth $75 million according to Reuters.

Monsanto stands losing the world’s biggest cotton producer and second largest exporter of the fiber. While Monsanto’s Genetically Engineered cotton variety remains dominant, the government is promoting indigenous varieties. Monsanto may have lost as much as 5% to indigenous varieties this year alone.

Additional losses come from Indian farmers dumping the water-intensive cotton in favour of other crops, like pulses and lentils; there has been a 10% drop in cotton production year-on-year.

The main competitive advantage of the Monsanto seed is resistance to pest such as the bollworm, but not to the whitefly, especially common in India during dry seasons. Local varieties appear more resistant to whitefly, while Monsanto’s resistance to bollworm is declining.

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Raf Simons and Jennifer Lawrence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Benefit, 2013 Photo: BFA

Raf Simons and Jennifer Lawrence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Benefit, 2013
Photo: BFA

Calvin Klein confirmed today the long-rumored appointment of Raf Simons. The Belgian designer replaces Francisco Costa on the women’s side, and Italo Zucchelli on the men’s, both of whom exited the company in April of this year, as Calvin Klein’s chief creative officer. The news has galvanizing potential, and not just for fans of Simons’s 21-year-old eponymous men’s collection or of his work at Jil Sander or Christian Dior, the prestigious French fashion house he abruptly left last October. He’s good for New York fashion.

Simons is a designer’s designer. His July 2012 haute couture debut for Dior was attended by Azzedine Alaïa, Donatella Versace, Alber Elbaz, Riccardo Tisci, Diane von Furstenberg, and Olivier Theyskens, lending the changing-of-the-guard moment an historic aspect. Simons’s Dior was a markedly different one than that of his predecessor John Galliano, modernist and introspective, where Galliano’s was historicist and flamboyant, and the influence of his sleek minimalism spread across fashion’s four capital cities. Off-White founder and Kanye West’s creative director Virgil Abloh, meanwhile, is an obsessive collector of Simons’s menswear; “he’s my Martin Margiela, my Michael Jordan,” he told me. To look at the output of Simons and Abloh is to see a direct link.

Soon, Simons will be a New Yorker, mingling at industry events and negotiating crowded Garment District streets, but he’ll bring the glamour and buzz of Paris to the Big Apple with him. Editors, buyers, and other influencers who leave New York early to get to London for its collections, or who go home for a little R&R in advance of Milan and Paris, will be inclined to stick it out until Calvin’s traditional end-of-week show to discover for themselves how the intellectually inclined Simons will interpret the spare sensuality that is the Calvin signature. Or maybe Simons will put his stamp on things with a new Fashion Week slot? As the hottest ticket in town (sorry Marc, Alex, et al), he’d have that prerogative. A new day and time for Calvin Klein could reshuffle the whole New York schedule.

From left: Raf Simons Spring 2017; Dior Couture Fall 2015; Jil Sander Fall 2012 Photo: (from left) Umberto Fratini / Indigital.tv; Yannis Vlamos / Indigital.tv; Marcus Tondo / GoRunway.com

From left: Raf Simons Spring 2017; Dior Couture Fall 2015; Jil Sander Fall 2012
Photo: (from left) Umberto Fratini / Indigital.tv; Yannis Vlamos / Indigital.tv; Marcus Tondo / GoRunway.com

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