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Researchers at the University of Warwick, U.K., and the University of Goettingen, Germany, say the use of Bt cotton in India has produced massive benefits in the earnings and employment opportunities for rural Indian women. A research team led by Warwick's Arjunan Subramanian found that cultivation of the transgenic cotton variety generated not only higher income for rural workers but also more employment, especially for hired female labor. Compared with conventional cotton, the Bt cotton generated additional employment, raising the total wage income by $40 per hectare. The largest increase is for hired females, with a gain of 55% in average income.

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