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UN-environment-biodiversity-agriculture-India-cotton,FOCUS by... News PhotoAgriculture,Andhra Pradesh,Bush,Environmental Issues,Farm Worker,Farmer,Field,Harvesting,Horizontal,Hyderabad - India,India,Outdoors,WarangalPhotographer Collection: AFP 2012 AFPTO GO WITH UN-environment-biodiversity-agriculture-India-cotton,FOCUS by Mariette le Roux An Indian labourer plucks cotton from bushes in fields of Warangal District, some 170kms north-east of Hyderabad on October 18, 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)