Textile Exchange report highlights concerns with recent increase in adoption of genetically modified (GM) cotton in Africa

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According to a new Textile Exchange Pan-Africa Sourcing Working Group white paper, “Cotton in Africa: Sustainability at a Crossroads,“ an increasing number of countries in Africa are choosing to adopt genetically modified (GM) cotton, defined as cotton that has had its genetic material (DNA) altered in a manner that does not occur naturally. However, Africa appears to be of two minds: while seven out of its 54 countries permit GM cotton production, four have opted out. Many other countriesare in the consideration phase.