Indian Farmers Committing Suicide as a Result of Monsanto's GM Crops
Monsanto’s GM crops were supposed to feed the world hunger and starvation but instead the diverse sustainable organic agriculture was replaced with globalization, GMO crop failures and its threat to environment and human’s health, monopoly, farmer’s suicide and world wide control of seeds. Every 30 minutes an Indian farmer commits suicide as a result of Monsanto’s GM crops. In the last decade more than 250,000 Indian farmers have killed themselves because of Monsanto’s costly seeds and pesticides. Globalization and monopoly have forced farmers to buy GM seeds and since GM crops have become pests’ resistance, the farmers have no choice but to purchase Monsanto’s pesticide. Sometimes GM crops fail over and over again; GM crops also do not grow back again next year and every year farmers have to buy new seeds.
In 2008 Daily Mail called the continuous suicide of Indian farmers a “genocide” in human history. What’s really disturbing is that often time farmers commit suicide by drinking the insecticide shipped to them by Monsanto.Monsanto’s BT cotton in 2002 the rate of suicide in Indian farmers increased drastically. 90% of Indian cotton farmers changed to Monsanto’s Bt crop hoping that Bt crop are pest resistant and they do not have to buy pesticides. However after a while Bt cotton’s pests resistant quality started fading away and pests adapted so farmers had no choice but to buy and use Monsanto's pesticides. The fact that farmers have to buy new seeds every year, the costly use of GM seeds, use of pesticides and great reduction in crop value have often times left farmers bankrupt and as a result many farmers are falling into the endless cycle of debt, depression, hopelessness and despair and they have no choice but to ends their lives. The figures provided by NY University School of Law show that just in 2009 alone, 17,638 of farmers committed suicide.
As a result of Monsanto’s GM seeds many families of farmers have lost their livelihood and lands and are left on their own to struggle with starvation and misery. 1.1 billion or 60% of Indian population are directly or indirectly dependent on agriculture. You have to give Monsanto credit for dominating the market with their GM seeds. Farmers are forced to buy their seeds, buy their pesticides and buy new seeds every year and every time their crops fail and as a result farmers have no choice but to give up on their farm lands or their lives while Monsanto makes more profit every year.
Monsanto’s domination is threatening sustainable organic farming and livelihood of Indian farmers and health of all of us as consumers. Thanks to biotech companies what was once a sustainable diverse way of agriculture is now ruined into unsustainable globalized agribusiness in hands of few people consumed by greed and power. We as consumers cannot even choose to boycott GMOs since these biotech companies like DuPont and Monsanto give millions of dollars to lobbyists to bribe politicians in order to aggressively pursue their anti-labeling policies. Click here to Watch Vandana Shiva on Indian Farmer Suicides, Monsanto, Walmart and More.