Appachi Cotton: Exploring Sustainable Alternatives for Cotton Production in India

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The purpose of this project is to research and analyze modes of cotton production in India. For the first portion of the project I will research and write about the introduction of genetically modified (GM) cotton in India. This study will examine the social, environmental, and economic implications for small farmers who have adopted GM technology. The second part of the project will focus on an alternative production model. The purpose of this portion of the project is to examine the feasibility of sustainable, organic cotton production on small farms in Karnataka, India.

The first phase of this project will be to complete an Independent Study on cotton production in India with Dr. Ramesh Sivanpillai. During the course of the Spring semester, I will be researching and writing about the impact the introduction of genetically modified (GM) cotton has had on small farmers in India. I will also spend a significant amount of time learning about Appachi Cotton, a textile company that works directly with farmers to produce high-quality, organic cotton. This will prepare me for the second phase of the project when, in May, I will visit Appachi Cotton to interview Appachi staff and participating farmers. The results of this research will include a scholarly article and a series of stories for publication in popular media outlets.

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