Could Monsanto Be Responsible for One Indian Farmer's Death Every Thirty Minutes?
May 05, 2009
Over 1,500 farmers in the agricultural Indian state of Chattisgarh have committed suicide after being driven to debt by crop failure. The state was hit hard by falling water levels.
Bharatendu Prakash, of the Organic Farming Association of India, said that, "Farmers' suicides are increasing due to a vicious circle created by money lenders. They lure farmers to take money but when the crops fail, they are left with no option other than death."
Mr. Prakash added that the government needs to take up the cause of the poor farmers just as they fight for a strong economy.