Sowing the seeds of climate crisis in Odisha -Chitrangada Choudhury and Aniket Aga
In Rayagada, Bt cotton acreage has risen by 5,200 per cent in 16 years. The result: this biodiversity hotspot, rich in indigenous millets, rice varieties and forest foods, is seeing an alarming ecological shift
“Everybody is doing it. So we are too,” said Rupa Pirikaka, somewhat uncertainly.
‘It’ is genetically modified (GM) Bt cotton seeds, now easily bought at the local market, or even in one’s own village. ‘Everybody’ is countless other farmers like her in the village of and across the rest of south-western Odisha’s Rayagada district.
“They are getting money in their hands,” she says.
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