The cotton gin cut the cost of removing seeds from cotton.
Although there was cultural opposition in India to Borlaug's methods and seeds, the famine was so bad by 1965 that the government stepped in and urged the project forward.
In 1894 the excess of imports over exports fell to 2,720,000, but by 1898 it had grown to 8,391,000, in consequence chiefly of the increased importation of coal, raw cotton and cotton thread, pig and cast iron, old iron, grease and oil-seeds for use in Italian industries.
Many think that seeds improve with age.
The seeds and the rhizomes contain an abundance of starch, which renders them serviceable in some places for food.