1,500 Farmers Choose Suicide in India

Posted by Trish Riley, April 17, 2009

Our friend Ed Brown sent the following collection of stories detailing how modern farming practices are destroying farmers and their fields in India. When Big Ag came along with specialized seeds and agricultural chemicals, the farmers believed they’d be increasing their yields and profits by going with the new programs. Alas, the long-term results of these products are to drain the soil of nutrients and increase the demand for water, which is in short supply. Finding they can’t keep up with the cost of production any longer, hundreds – even thousands – of farmers are choosing to kill themselves to deal with their sense of hopelessness and inability to succeed against these conditions.

Following traditional small farming techniques and providing harvests to the local communities looks like it would have been a better way for these farmers to go. This lends more support to the local farm/local food movement that is so popular in our community today.

‘Green Revolution’ Trapping India’s Farmers In Debt

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=102944731

1,500 Farmers Commit Mass Suicide in India
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/04/15-3

200,000 Indian farmers committed suicide since 1997: BBC
http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=172274

Thanks, Ed!


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