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Published on Tuesday, 04 March 2014

Study casts doubt on cotton suicide theory

Written by John Mowbray

cottonMANCHESTER – Fresh analysis of historical suicide rates in India has cast major doubt on the frequently accepted wisdom that the introduction of GM crops such as cotton has caused suicide rates to surge among farmers. The study examined suicide rates among men and women in India over a 15-year period, and compared farming and non-farming professions, finding that the suicide rate for male Indian farmers is actually slightly lower than for non-farmers.


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