Monsanto blamed for ‘sharp rise’ in Indian farmer suicides.
There is an epidemic of Indian farmers taking their own lives after their crops were ruined.
Indian farmers were sold the GMO dream by Monsanto, only to be left high and dry when the crops failed and they were left with nothing.
Monsanto are one of the largest agro-chemical companies in the world. They are responsible for the changing face of farming, for better or worse. For many farmers across the world they were left with no choice. To get on side with Monsanto or fall by the way-side.
This is never more true than in India. After GMO crops were introduced to the country by Monsanto in 2002, farmers had no choice but to invest in GMO seeds.
While the promise of better crops enhanced by the wonders of GMO seemed like a good idea at the time, the reality was much different.
Alakanada Nag for RT.com interviewed Indian farmers about their situation, and was told of the dire straights many farmers found themselves in, and the desperate measures many of them have been forced to take.
Nag reports a ‘sharp rise’ in suicide in Indian farmers since the introduction of GMO crops in the country.
“The large farms certainly have the funds to support themselves and get on, but the smaller ones are really ones that suffer the most,”
“Monsanto definitely has a very big hand to play. A few years ago it was illegal to grow GMO crops in India. It’s not like the suicide did not exist back then. It did, but I think there was definitely a sharp rise in the [suicide] numbers once [GMOs] were allowed.”
Savithri Devi is one widow who blames Monsanto for the death of her husband. She said his failing crops were the sole reason he took his own life after having nowhere else to turn.
“[My husband] initially put a bore well, then started cultivation, but we didn’t get enough water from the bore well and there were no rains, too,”
“So he again tried to deepen the bore well, but it didn’t work. So he borrowed money. His depression eventually led him to committing suicide. He drank pesticide and died.”
Problems arose when it became apparent that GMO seeds produced in other parts of the world were not suitable for long-term success in India.
Indian environmental activist Dr. Vandana Shiva said the seeds were:
“not bred for that area, for rain-fed agriculture, so they fail more frequently,”