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Old 06-25-2012, 11:02 AM
 
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From the website of ?................CottonToday......" Contrary to popular belief,cotton is a very drought tolerant plant. i"


".............."In fact , the majority of cotton is grown without irrigation "



Now, you were stating as fact........?

 
Old 06-25-2012, 11:04 AM
 
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The vast majority of corn is grown on non- irrigated acres

You mention California,NewMexico, and Arizona

Those are not the leading corn producing states
The topic is GMO crops in general, I wasn't addressing corn specifically, but since you mention it, Monsanto corn failed miserably in India when it was sold to farmers in drought-prone areas.

. The Plains states use a system of sprinklers that use groundwater to water their crops. (Speaking about farming in general, not specifically any one crop.) Corn needs water, especially GMO corn. How does the "Corn Belt" water their crops?
 
Old 06-25-2012, 11:09 AM
 
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The topic is GMO crops in general, I wasn't addressing corn specifically, but since you mention it, Monsanto corn failed miserably in India when it was sold to farmers in drought-prone areas.

. The Plains states use a system of sprinklers that use groundwater to water their crops. (Speaking about farming in general, not specifically any one crop.) Corn needs water, especially GMO corn. How does the "Corn Belt" water their crops?
Your last sentence proves you are clueless. ?
 
Old 06-25-2012, 11:14 AM
 
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The -----vast majority----of farmland, in the US, has NO irrigation done. !
 
Old 06-25-2012, 11:15 AM
 
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The vast majority of corn is grown on non- irrigated acres

You mention California,NewMexico, and Arizona

Those are not the leading corn producing states
Much of farming in the SW is subsistence farming, and for local markets. Corn needs water, any plant needs water to grow. What exactly are you talking about? What is the water source for the crops you're discussing? Farming in the Plains States has been using so much water over the generations that the huge Ogalala Aquifer that runs under several states has become depleted. Farming in the developed world relies on water delivery technology of some sort, whether irrigation or pumping groundwater.

The hotter and dryer the environment, the more water cotton needs. The Russians drained much of the Aral Sea to provide water for cotton the Soviet regime foisted on the Central Asian republics.

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Old 06-25-2012, 11:24 AM
 
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The -----vast majority----of farmland, in the US, has NO irrigation done. !
Back to topic, the GMO corn sold to India had a high water requirement, as covered in one of the links. GMO cotton has not been as resilient as local varieties.

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Old 06-25-2012, 11:25 AM
 
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The vast majority of farmland in the US is..........NON-irrigat

The vast majority of corn grown in the US is.........NON- irrigated

There is a reason the ...vast majority...of corn grown in the US is NOT grown in the SW ( or plains states )
 
Old 06-25-2012, 11:31 AM
 
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"27% of farmland in the US is irrigated with water from the Ogalala Aquifer". --Wiki That would be the Plains States.
 
Old 06-25-2012, 11:41 AM
 
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"27% of farmland in the US is irrigated with water from the Ogalala Aquifer". --Wiki That would be the Plains States.
I just researched your claim

VERY MISLEADING....( and not true !)

27 percent of the ......irrigated acres in the US.....is irrigated by that aquifer

That is not the same as stating ......." 27 percent of farmland "

You left out the word.....irrigated...from the Wiki report to change the meaning to back up your claim


VERY MISLEADING. !


Did you do that deliberately ?
 
Old 06-25-2012, 11:52 AM
 
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Here's an article that discusses "water-intensive" GMO corn being introduced into drought-prone areas of India, where the crops failed. Also discusses other problems related to GMO products. (Even when crops are harvested, the yield is less than with native plants.)
S/R 33: Failure of GMOs in India (Vandana Shiva and Afsar Jafri)
your 'evidence' of water-intensivity is conjecture from an anti-GMO advocate?

as for the 'failure' of GM cotton in india:

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GM cotton acreage in India continues to grow at a rapid rate, increasing from 50,000 hectares in 2002 to 8.4 million hectares in 2009. The total cotton area in India was 9.6 million hectares (the largest in the world or, about 35% of world cotton area), so GM cotton was grown on 87% of the cotton area in 2009.[31] This makes India the country with the largest area of GM cotton in the world, surpassing China (3.7 million hectares in 2009).


Farmers want only Bt Cotton - Times Of India

93% of all cotton now grown in india is GMO. quite a 'failure,' wouldn't you say?

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