“GM Genocide” Causes Alarm to Indian Agriculture

A string of suicides among farmers have crippled the rural Maharashtra region of India, all of whom have taken their lives allegedly after deep financial troubles caused by farming GM crops.

According to anti-GM campaigners, the local farmers were promised by the local government and US-based GM companies of larger crop yields and higher income if they switch from traditional farming to planting GM seeds instead. The catch is, GM seeds are 10 times more expensive than traditional seeds, which prompted farmers to borrow money from lending companies.

The campaign was extensive. Traditional varieties were banned in many government seed banks. The authorities labeled the GM seeds as “magical,” claiming that the crops are pest-free.

However, the GM crops have failed for more than farming cycle. According to anti-GM advocates, the farmers were never informed that GM seeds require double the amount of water, which can be hard to come by in a country currently suffering from drought. There are also reports that some GM crops have been devastated by bollworms, a type of parasite, which left the farmers come back to using pesticides.

Another fact about GM crops that the farmers were not informed about is that GM seeds contain so-called “terminator technology,” making them unable to produce viable seeds on their own. This forces farmers to buy more seeds after each harvest, which further put them in debt.

But as GM crops continue to fail, debt begins to balloon, and with no other source of income, a number of farmers (reports claim count to 125,000) took their own lives by ingesting insecticide. The farms were then left to the widows, only for some of them to take their own lives as well.

GM lobbyists and local officials claim rural poverty, alcoholism, drought, and “agrarian distress” are the real reason for the string of suicides. They point out that GM farming in India has produced greater yields than ever before.

Among those in opposition to GM farming is Prince Charles, who spoke by video link to a conference in New Delhi that the issue of GM has become a “global moral question” and appealed to “end its unstoppable march.” He also condemned “the truly appalling and tragic rate of small farmer suicides in India, stemming from the failure of many GM crop varieties.”

Source: Mail Online

 
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