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Can Organic and GM Cotton Find a Way to Coexist?

Cotton farmers seem to agree that it’s everyone’s right to grow cotton the way they wish, but those farmers that have chosen to grow organic are looking for better ways to coexist with those that haven’t.

In a talk at Textile Exchange’s Organic Cotton Roundtable in Hamburg, Germany, last week, farmers, breeders and those in organizations representing farmers and breeders hashed out the challenges when it comes to organic cotton and GM (genetically modified cotton or conventional cotton) coexisting.

Michael Sligh, program director for the Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI), who has been farming organically on a large scale since the 1970s, said the current cotton environment isn’t one of coexistence.

Read more at Sourcing Journal.

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