The GM genocide: Thousands of Indian farmers are committing suicide after using genetically modified crops
Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
This is heart rending and frustrating because it’s so transparent from a historical perspective: ‘magic seeds’, lobbyists, ‘official’ state monopolies, and predatory lending are being used to extort land from the Indian farmers. In whose hands does this land then accumulate? Do they come with guns to turn the families out? And note also that the UN global food law initiative – theÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â ‘Codex Alimentarius’ – centralizes safety standards for genetically engineered seeds and food products. Small wonder that Monsanto and the other GM seed manufacturers are willing to shell out a few bribes here and there or use their influence to vet legislative documents: once GM terminator seeds have displaced all traditional seeds – those that are actually fertile – then those who own the patents and the few ‘doomsday’ seedbanks being established around the world will be in a position to control the food supply of the globe. It’s a lot more intricate than beads, blankets, and firewater, but the end result is the same.
Andrew Malone, Daily Mail
November 4, 2008
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.