Agricultural Deskilling and the Spread of Genetically Modified Cotton in Warangal

@article{Stone2007AgriculturalDA,
  title={Agricultural Deskilling and the Spread of Genetically Modified Cotton in Warangal},
  author={Glenn Davis Stone},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  year={2007},
  volume={48},
  pages={67 - 103}
}
  • G. Stone
  • Published 1 February 2007
  • Economics
  • Current Anthropology
Warangal District, Andhra Pradesh, India, is a key cotton‐growing area in one of the most closely watched arenas of the global struggle over genetically modified crops. In 2005 farmers adopted India’s first genetically modified crop, Bt cotton, in numbers that resemble a fad. Various parties, including the biotechnology firm behind the new technology, interpret the spread as the result of farmer experimentation and management skill, alluding to orthodox innovation‐diffusion theory. However, a… 

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