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Suicide of Indain farmers due to Monsanto

August 12, 2010
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125,000 Indian Farmers Die as a Result of Using GM Crops
by Philip Carr-Gomm on Thursday, August 12, 2010 at 4:39am
Stalin said something like, 'when one person dies it is a tragedy, when 
thousands die it is a statistic.' Sane people can't agree with him, of 
course. When an estimated 125,000 farmers have committed suicide as a result 
of using GM crops it is not a statistic, it is a tragedy and an outrage. 
Here is part of a Daily Mail article on this:
 
The GM genocide: Thousands of Indian farmers are committing suicide after 
using genetically modified crops
By Andrew Malone
 
 
When Prince Charles claimed thousands of Indian farmers were killing 
themselves after using GM crops, he was branded a scaremonger. In fact, as 
this chilling dispatch reveals, it's even WORSE than he feared.
The children were inconsolable. Mute with shock and fighting back tears, 
they huddled beside their mother as friends and neighbours prepared their 
father's body for cremation on a blazing bonfire built on the cracked, 
barren fields near their home.
As flames consumed the corpse, Ganjanan, 12, and Kalpana, 14, faced a grim 
future. While Shankara Mandaukar had hoped his son and daughter would have a 
better life under India's economic boom, they now face working as slave 
labour for a few pence a day. Landless and homeless, they will be the lowest 
of the low.
Shankara, respected farmer, loving husband and father, had taken his own 
life. Less than 24 hours earlier, facing the loss of his land due to debt, 
he drank a cupful of chemical insecticide.
Unable to pay back the equivalent of two years' earnings, he was in despair. 
He could see no way out.
There were still marks in the dust where he had writhed in agony. Other 
villagers looked on - they knew from experience that any intervention was 
pointless - as he lay doubled up on the ground, crying out in pain and 
vomiting.
Moaning, he crawled on to a bench outside his simple home 100 miles from 
Nagpur in central India. An hour later, he stopped making any noise. Then he 
stopped breathing. At 5pm on Sunday, the life of Shankara Mandaukar came to 
an end.
As neighbours gathered to pray outside the family home, Nirmala Mandaukar, 
50, told how she rushed back from the fields to find her husband dead. 'He 
was a loving and caring man,' she said, weeping quietly.
'But he couldn't take any more. The mental anguish was too much. We have 
lost everything.'
Shankara's crop had failed - twice. Of course, famine and pestilence are 
part of India's ancient story.
But the death of this respected farmer has been blamed on something far more 
modern and sinister: genetically modified crops.
Shankara, like millions of other Indian farmers, had been promised 
previously unheard of harvests and income if he switched from farming with 
traditional seeds to planting GM seeds instead.
Beguiled by the promise of future riches, he borrowed money in order to buy 
the GM seeds. But when the harvests failed, he was left with spiralling 
debts - and no income.
So Shankara became one of an estimated 125,000 farmers to take their own 
life as a result of the ruthless drive to use India as a testing ground for 
genetically modified crops.
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