05 May '12, 1pm

Crop Failure Drives 1,500 Indian Farmers to Suicide : GMO-MONSANTO

Crop Failure Drives 1,500 Indian Farmers to Suicide : GMO-MONSANTO

To some, environmental damage might sometimes seem like a distant, long-term issue. Not in India.Over 1,500 farmers in the Indian state of Chattisgarh committed suicide after being driven to debt by crop failure due to plummeting water levels, the Belfast Telegraph reported today. "The water level has gone down below 250 feet here. It used to be at 40 feet a few years ago," Shatrughan Sahu, a villager in one of the districts, told Down To Earth magazine"Most of the farmers here are indebted and only God can save the ones who do not have a bore well." The issues involved in farmer suicides in India -- an all-too common phenomenon -- are many and complex, from controversial dam projects and deforestation to predatory lenders and climate change. Another possibility, according to a poster on the TreeHugger Forum is a mass-failure of G.M.O. seed supplied by Monsanto.But at the ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/corporate-responsibility/crop-f...

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