The Genetically Modified Suicide Crop
August 1, 2012 Leave a Comment
Prince Charles claimed thousands of Indian farmers were killing themselves after using GM crops, and he was labeled a scaremonger. New reports give a chilling revelation, it is even worse than he feared.
Are genetically modified crops to blame?
Millions of Indian farmers have been promised unheard of harvests and income, if they agreed to switch their farming techniques from planting traditional seeds, to planting GM seeds instead. Many farmers would borrow a lot of money in hopes of future riches. When many of their harvests failed, they were left with spiralling debts, and absolutely no income. Sadly, many farmers devastated by their loss, would claim their own lives.
Just how many lives?
125,000 farmers are estimated to have committed suicide due to the failure of these genetically modified crops. That is an insanely large number of people to commit suicide over the failure of this crop and the ruthless drive to support it. This crisis has been labeled the “GM Genocide” by a lot of campaigners fighting for justice. The issue of GM crops has now become a global moral question.They have a lot of blood on their hands being directly responsible for this many deaths.
Powerful GM lobbyists and a few prominent politicians have claimed that genetically modified crops have transformed Indian agriculture, providing greater yields than ever before. They insist that the “rest of the world embrace the future and follow suit.”
1,000 farmers kill themselves each month directly due to your genetically modified crops. Pro-GM experts will claim that these suicides are a result of rural poverty, alcoholism, and drought, but ask a few of the regulars on the newly named “Suicide Belt” area of Maharashtra and they will tell you different. The GM crop debts are to blame, and families have told stories of being persuaded to buy GM seeds instead of traditional cotton seeds, or risk being put out of business. Traditional varieties of seeds were banned from many government seeds banks.
Indian farmers are starting to fight back however. Some have taken GM seed distributors hostage, and have staged mass protests. The resistance does not make up for all of the lives already lost, and the GM seed companies are going to have to repair the situation quickly, or have a big ethical dilemma on their hands that could ruin their reputation even further. They are already being blamed for murder.