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"The Children behind Our Cotton": Report by Environmental Justice Foundation

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30 January 2008

Monsanto response to “The Children Behind our Cotton”, Environmental Justice Foundation

Author: Monsanto

The report states on page 20, “However, in other states, like Karnataka, Gujarat (now the country’s largest cottonseed producer) and Tamil Nadu, where Bayer and Monsanto are reportedly substantially increasing their seed sourcing, the problem has not been addressed." Unfortunately, this statement is incorrect with regard to Monsanto. In the 2007 season, Monsanto addressed child labor issues in all of the regions where we sourced hybrid cotton seed including Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu. As we are not currently sourcing hybrid cotton seed in Karnataka, we do not have an active program there...

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17 January 2008

[Sep 2007 concerns regarding child labour in cotton plantations in India - & responses by Monsanto, Bayer]

Author: Compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

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1 December 2007

[PDF] full report: "The Children behind Our Cotton"

Author: Environmental Justice Foundation

Even if effective monitoring engenders significant costs, the potential to positively transform the lives of millions of children means they can legitimately be passed onto the consumer. Where companies are failing, regulations must be implemented. Organic and Fairtrade cotton are welcome initiatives in the drive towards child-labour-free cotton, but with a tiny proportion of the market, it is clear that political will, coupled with pressure on clothing suppliers, are crucial to ensure children are kept from the fields in the cotton industry. [refers to Continental Clothing, Bayer, Syngenta, Emergent Genetics (part of Monsanto), Allenberg, Louis Dreyfus, Cargill, Dunavant, Plexus Cotton and Reinhart]

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