Thursday, April 05, 2012

The Monsanto Suicides

The Monsanto Suicides


In what has been called the single largest wave of recorded suicides in human history, Indian farmers are now killing themselves in record numbers. It has been extensively reported, even in mainstream news, but nothing has been done about the issue. The cause? Monsanto’s cost-inflated and ineffective seeds have been driving farmers to suicide, and is considered to be one of the largest — if not the largest — cause of the quarter of a million farmer suicides over the past 16 years.

According to the most recent figures (provided by the New York University School of Law), 17,638 Indian farmers committed suicide in 2009 — about one death every 30 minutes. In 2008, the Daily Mail labeled the continual and disturbing suicide spree as ‘The GM (genetically modified) Genocide’. Due to failing harvests and inflated prices that bankrupt the poor farmers, struggling Indian farmers began to kill themselves. Oftentimes, they would commit the act by drinking the very same insecticide that Monsanto supplied them with — a gruesome testament to the extent in which Monsanto has wrecked the lives of independent and traditional farmers.

To further add backing to the tragedy, the rate of Indian farmer suicides massively increased since the introduction of Monsanto’s Bt cotton in 2002. It is no wonder that a large percentage of farmers who take their own lives are cotton farmers, the demographic that is thought to be among the most impacted. Dr. Mercola, an osteopathic doctor that has been educating the world about natural health for many years, recently saw the destruction of traditional Indian farmers first hand. Dr. Mercola found out about the notorious ‘suicide belt’ of India, where 4,238 farmer suicides took place in 2007 alone.

Many families are now ruined thanks to the mass suicides, and are left to economic ruin and must struggle to fight off starvation:

"We are ruined now," said one dead man’s 38-year-old wife. "We bought 100 grams of BT Cotton. Our crop failed twice. My husband had become depressed. He went out to his field, lay down in the cotton and swallowed insecticide."

In India, around 60 percent of the population (currently standing at 1.1 billion) are directly or indirectly reliant on agriculture. Monsanto’s intrusion into India’s traditional and sustainable farming community is not only concerning for health and wellness reasons, but it is now clear that the issue is much more serious.


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7 comments:

Betty Sinna said...

And they will say that plagues and famine are upon us... but what will you do, you rudderless sheeple? Sit home and watch TV or gird your loins and take to the streets? Slavery is the bane of all humanity.

Frankenstein said...

"They poison our water, our air and food all to take full control of our souls. Soon there will be nothing left as night falls, we must make hay while the sun shines and that hay has to be made with pitchforks and the hangman's noose!"~~Anon.

Goose said...

Thank you Frankenstein, that's all the discerning needs to hear.

Kwesu Achi said...

and this is what that talking head, Kofi Annan, wishes for his people in Africa as AGRA head? he ought to be ashamed of himself.

Danielle Sweeney said...

May the soul of the dearly departed find eternal peace.

Egoigwe said...

Amen, Danielle, amen!

Palomo said...

Just shoot anybody you find putting to ground these devil seeds and get it over with already. Pssh.