Nearly 300,000 suicides in India so far from GMO crop failures

Sunday, July 27, 2014
By Paul Martin

by: Ethan A. Huff
NaturalNews.com
Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Western media is steeped in denial about the true damage being caused by genetically modified (GM) crops, especially in the developing Third World. But despite the lies you may have heard from mainstream news sources, nearly 300,000 Indian farmers have committed suicide since 1995 as a direct result of mounting debt and crop failures associated with GMO crops, and mainly cotton crops that were forcibly converted to patented, transgenic varieties owned by Big Biotech.

A report by India’s National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) revealed that, between 1995 and 2011, 290,740 farmer suicides had taken place due to economic failure, poverty and bankruptcy caused by GMO adoption. And in the years since that time, for which there is no official data, there have more than likely been thousands of additional suicides, bringing this number to at least 300,000 and possibly higher.

As explained in a thorough report by philosopher, physicist and environmental activist Dr. Vandana Shiva, GMO crop technologies are a Trojan Horse that multinational corporations are using to seize control of the global food supply. With false promises of increased yields and lower costs, corporations like Monsanto have swooped in and locked Indian farmers into contractual agreements that make them dependent on a centralized agriculture system that, in many cases, ends up bankrupting them.

Before Monsanto came along and changed everything, thanks to the 1988 Seed Policy imposed by the World Bank, Indian farmers grew heritage cotton amidst a variety of other crops, which effectively guarded them against invasive species and insect pests. Since the seeds of these crops were natural, farmers could save them year after year and replant them without having to pay royalties for new seeds.

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