Friday, February 5, 2010
Farmers in India are committing suicide at staggering rates. Big industry has moved in to India with promises of miracles and prosperity. Only, it's not the reality. Pesticides touted as the answer to poverty have indeed buried farmers deeper in debt. Since 1997, more than 25,000 farmers have committed suicide, many by drinking the same chemicals that brought them to ruin.
Check out "Seeds of Suicide, India's Desperate Farmers" on Frontline World Rough Cut. Frontline has also provided a full page of informative links on the farming situation in India.
1500 Indian farmers commit mass suicide due to crop failure. Genetically engineered crops drive the farmers deeper in debt as they lose the ability to harvest their own seed.
P.S. You may have caught a glimpse of the brilliance that is Dr. Vandana Shiva on the above video. If you would like to learn more about this powerful woman, a woman who is making a real difference in this world, her blog is a good place to start. From there, you can find out what you can do to help.