28 Jul '15, 10pm

Farmer suicides in India continue to soar, so thanks but no thanks, Monsanto

In India, suicides are a well-known, if unwelcome, phenomenon. The worst of it happens in the rural parts of the country, where a 2011 census revealed that the suicide rate for farmers was 47 percent higher than the national average. In the agricultural states of Bengal, Maharashtra, and Uttar Pradesh, it’s estimated that a farmer takes his life very 30 minutes, usually by hanging, drowning, or ingesting pesticides. Vandana Shiva, one of India’s leading environmental activists, deems the suicides a kind of “genocide” that has resulted in the deaths of more than 300,000 farmers—overwhelmingly of whom are men—since 1995, the first year the Indian government began keeping formal records. She places much of the blame on Monsanto , the multinational corporation behind Bt Cotton, a a breed of genetically modified cotton that contains insecticidal toxins from the

Full article: http://www.ecouterre.com/farmer-suicides-continue-to-soar...

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