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TO GO WITH UN-environment-biodiversity-agriculture-India-cotton,FOCUS... News PhotoEnvironmental Issues,Exhibition,Freedom,Horizontal,Hyderabad - India,India,Mahatma Gandhi,Meeting,Showing,Statue,WalkingPhotographer Collection: AFP 2012 AFPTO GO WITH UN-environment-biodiversity-agriculture-India-cotton,FOCUS by Mariette le Roux Delegates walk past a statue of Indian freedom icon Mahatma Gandhi displayed at an exhibition centre at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC) Convention on Biodiversity(CBD) conference in Hyderabad on October 19, 2012. When Indian icon Mahatma Gandhi took up the baton for home-grown cotton a century ago, he may not have realised the devastating impact its cultivation would have on the land he so loved. Cotton is a thirsty plant and parts of India drought-prone. But the intensive farming process for cotton leaches the soil and requires high pesticide and fertiliser use that pollutes further downstream. AFP PHOTO/Noah SEELAM (Photo credit should read NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)