A survey of views on genetically modified (GM) crops shows that 80 per cent of Indian farmers are unwilling to use GM seeds to grow food.

Farmers prefer to use GM seeds for cash crops, survey finds

T. V. Padma

9 April 2010
SciDev

“India’s first survey of farmers’ and consumers’ views on genetically modified (GM) crops indicates farmers are more willing to use GM seeds for cash crops rather than food crops…The findings, released last week (1 April), revealed that around 40 per cent of the farmers surveyed were willing to grow cash crops with GM seeds, but 80 per cent of them said they would not cultivate food crops from seeds containing a poison to control pests. The response was consistent across big and small farmers and those educated or uneducated…The survey revealed low awareness among urban consumers of GM foods. ”

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