Globalization As Genocide: 200,000 Farmer Suicides In India
When Prince Charles claimed thousands of Indian farmers were killing themselves after using Genetically Modified crops
The crisis, branded the ‘GM Genocide’ by campaigners, was highlighted recently when Prince Charles claimed that the issue of GM(Genetically Modified) had become a ‘global moral question’ - and the time had come to end its unstoppable march. …
In one small village I visited, 18 farmers had committed suicide after being sucked into GM debts. In some cases, women have taken over farms from their dead husbands - only to kill themselves as well.
….In return for allowing western companies access to the second most populated country in the world, with more than one billion people, India was granted International Monetary Fund loans in the Eighties and Nineties, helping to launch an economic revolution.
But while cities such as Mumbai and Delhi have boomed, the farmers’ lives have slid back into the dark ages
Though areas of India planted with GM seeds have doubled in two years - up to 17 million acres - many famers have found there is a terrible price to be paid.
But with GM seeds they cannot do this. That’s because GM seeds contain so- called ‘terminator technology’, meaning that they have been genetically modified so that the resulting crops do not produce viable seeds of their own.
Meaning: As a result, farmers have to buy new seeds each year at the same punitive prices. For some, that means the difference between life and death….
‘We are ruined now,’ said the dead man’s 38-year-old wife. ‘We bought 100 grams of BT (Bacillus Thuringiensis) Cotton. Our crop failed twice. My husband had become depressed. He went out to his field, lay down in the cotton and swallowed insecticide.’ ….
But the debt does not die with her husband: unless she can find a way of paying it off, she will not be able to afford the children’s schooling. They will lose their land, joining the hordes seen begging in their thousands by the roadside throughout this vast, chaotic country.
Cruelly, it’s the young who are suffering most from the ‘GM Genocide‘ - the very generation supposed to be lifted out of a life of hardship and misery by these ‘magic seeds’.
So what will happen to us here in the US?