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1,500 farmers commit mass suicide in India - hilly7 - 04-16-2009

1,500 farmers commit mass suicide in India

Over 1,500 farmers in an Indian state committed suicide after being driven to debt by crop failure, it was reported today.

The agricultural state of Chattisgarh was hit by falling water levels.

"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."

Mr Sahu lives in a district that recorded 206 farmer suicides last year. Police records for the district add that many deaths occur due to debt and economic distress.

In another village nearby, Beturam Sahu, who owned two acres of land was among those who committed suicide. His crop is yet to be harvested, but his son Lakhnu left to take up a job as a manual labourer.

His family must repay a debt of £400 and the crop this year is poor.

"The crop is so bad this year that we will not even be able to save any seeds," said Lakhnu's friend Santosh. "There were no rains at all."

"That's why Lakhnu left even before harvesting the crop. There is nothing left to harvest in his land this time. He is worried how he will repay these loans."

Bharatendu Prakash, from the Organic Farming Association of India, told the Press Association: "Farmers' suicides are increasing due to a vicious circle created by money lenders. They lure farmers to take money but when the crops fail, they are left with no option other than death."

Mr Prakash added that the government ought to take up the cause of the poor farmers just as they fight for a strong economy.

"Development should be for all. The government blames us for being against development. Forest area is depleting and dams are constructed without proper planning.

All this contributes to dipping water levels. Farmers should be taken into consideration when planning policies," he said.

This article is from The Belfast Telegraph

Monsanto: Farmer Suicides in India

1,500 farmers commit mass suicide in India - Hans Olo - 04-16-2009

The money lenders again.

1,500 farmers commit mass suicide in India - B4Time - 04-16-2009

Not only Monsanto.I've seen something on this a while back. If it's the same area it's coke or pepsi who built a soda plant there.That is what dropped the water level so far.Cheap soda.

1,500 farmers commit mass suicide in India - bubbazan68 - 04-17-2009

funny how its not makeing the rounds on us news just did a search all over news out side of the usa
did a search on msn nothing

1,500 farmers commit mass suicide in India - Jobujack - 04-17-2009

This is so disgusting, how dare people screw over farmers. People like that should be used as scarecrows!!!


1,500 farmers commit mass suicide in India - mastermg - 04-17-2009

Isnt this the case where Western countries screwed over the farmers with their "magical" GMO seeds? Only tp find out it didnt work?

1,500 farmers commit mass suicide in India - hilly7 - 04-18-2009

ssshhh, we're not suppose to know that or that also GMO Cotten and Soya.

1,500 farmers commit mass suicide in India - plasticfan - 04-23-2009

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Poison on the Platter

This video chronicles the disastrous consequences of GM food in India. Seventy percent of India's food, reportedly, is genetically modified.


1,500 farmers commit mass suicide in India - plasticfan - 04-30-2009

Farmers march for pigs' genes
16 April 2009

In a rare show of solidarity, German farmers and environmentalists staged a protest to block a genetic patent application from getting the green light. The patent would protect the breeding of pigs that possess a naturally occurring gene linked to rapid growth.

Some 400 protesters parked tractors and herded pigs outside the European Patent Office in the German city of Munich on Wednesday. They also filed an appeal seeking to overturn a 2005 patent application (Patent EP 1651777) filed by US biotech giant Monsanto, and now owned by Newsham Choice Genetics.

The patent aims to protect a pig breeding process based on genetic analysis. But critics warn that the patent could be extended to cover the animals' genes themselves, and farmers fear that they could one day be forced to pay royalties for their traditional livestock.

The German states of Bavaria and Hesse also oppose the patent application and have already signaled their intention to introduce a general ban on all patents covering animals and plants.

The head of the German Farming Association, Gerd Sonnleitner, told the Passauer Neue Presse newspaper that the patent was a "threat to free breeding."

"Patents on animals and plants should be generally banned, because it contradicts every basic understanding of farming, that individuals should have monopoly rights on genetic material," Sonnleitner said.

"Corporations are always trying to bypass the regulations to achieve access to animals and plants. For this reason all legal loopholes should be closed at the EU level so large companies do not dictate what is bred and what lands up on consumers' plates," he added.

The farmers' association president also called for more research into so-called green biotechnologies to investigate the risks and opportunities involved.


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Monsanto - Patent For a Pig (2006)