Another reason to oppose GM crops as farmer suicide rates soar in India

Sourced @ PRI Australia

The record suicide rate among farmers in India continues to rise, with one farmer now committing suicide every 30 minutes. Many media reports blame failed GM Bt cotton crops for the crisis.

More than a quarter of a million farmers have killed themselves in the last 16 years in what is the largest recorded wave of suicides in history. An article for Sky News reports that one farmer who committed suicide “had been persuaded to use genetically modified seeds by the possibility of a better harvest. What he wasn’t told was that they needed more rain than the region provided.”

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One Response to “Another reason to oppose GM crops as farmer suicide rates soar in India”
  1. Jason Major says:

    Genevieve, you may want to do more thorough researchon this topic. The notion that Bt cotton is responsible for farmer suicides in India has been thoroughly refuted. In fact farmer suicides are about the same as suicides across the nation as a whole. In many farming areas where they grow Bt cotton, suicide rates have fallen since the introduction of Bt cotton – see followng research and especially the report at the bottom of this post in the link
    Jason Major, Manager TechNyou, University of Melbourne

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