22 Jan '12, 1am

Is Monsanto Responsible For 200,000 Farmer Suicides? | Care2 Causes

Is Monsanto Responsible For 200,000 Farmer Suicides? | Care2 Causes

A recent government study found that 200,000 Indian farmers have killed themselves in the past ten years. Well-known Bollywood filmaker Aamir Khan attributes this startling statistic to the fact that many unsuspecting farmers are convinced that genetically modified seeds, pesticides, and fertilizers from American companies like Monsanto will increase their profits. Khan is hoping to spread awareness about this disturbing trend in a new movie. The film, called Peepli Live , is set in an Indian village named Peepli. A young debt-burdened farmer named Natha is talked into taking his own life after he learns that his family will be financially compensated through a government program created to alleviate the loss of farmers taking their own lives ( Alternet ). To afford the supplies and steep licensing fees imposed by Monsanto, many farmers mortgage their farms just to survive...

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