Why Do So Many Indian Farmers Commit Suicide?

The introduction of genetically engineered seeds, and the coercion of Indian farmers to use them, has led to the largest wave of recorded suicides in human history. In India, it’s been estimated that a farmer commits suicide every 30 minutes, typically by ingesting pesticide. But why? The short answer is crop failures, which leaves them in financial ruin.
What many fail to realize is that it’s the genetically engineered (GE) seeds that fail (especially Bt cotton), and GE seeds must be repurchased every year. You’re not allowed to save patented GE seeds, as has been done since the beginnings of agriculture. Bt cotton is much more expensive than traditional cotton seed, requires more water and pesticides, and has failed to produce the increased crop yields promised by Monsanto. A single failed crop combined with lack of financing options can therefore bankrupt a farmer. Others keep going, taking out more and more loans, until they simply cannot ever pay them back.
Michael Specter tries to make light of such statistics stating that the Indian suicide trend is similar to that in France. In my view, we should be horrified to realize that the business of growing food has gotten so financially challenging that even in a country like France a farmer commits suicide every two days12—again due to being financially ruined, just like the farmers in India. Interestingly, poisoning by pesticide has actually become the leading method of suicide around the world, according to the World Health Organization.13

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/09/16/us-gmo-labeling-expenses.aspx?e_cid=20140916Z2_DNL_art_1&utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20140916Z2&et_cid=DM55853&et_rid=660057239 

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2 Responses to “Why Do So Many Indian Farmers Commit Suicide?”

  1. Anonymous says:

    do you think that people who treat farmers like this, would treat us any better ?

  2. Anonymous says:

    India today and if we dont stop it its us tomorrow
    Rothchild versus the people.
    will the people now stand up please

    I say Ian R crane for MP

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