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libertygrl
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Posted 01/31/12 - 6:32 PM:
Subject: Farmer suicides in India
Currently there are almost 20,000 farmer suicides in India per year. Some people claim that efforts at sowing genetically modified crops have brought about economic ruin which are allegedly to blame for the suicides. However, this suicide trend has seemingly preceded the advent of GM crops, and the rate of increase has remained consistent. Any thoughts as to what may be at the root of this disturbing trend?
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Posted 02/02/12 - 12:56 PM:

libertygrl wrote:
Currently there are almost 20,000 farmer suicides in India per year. Some people claim that efforts at sowing genetically modified crops have brought about economic ruin which are allegedly to blame for the suicides. However, this suicide trend has seemingly preceded the advent of GM crops, and the rate of increase has remained consistent. Any thoughts as to what may be at the root of this disturbing trend?




Human greed to possess more and more is at the root of this problem. The society is not divided into three parts called poor, middle-class and rich but in Power elite/Oppressed. In India you have people whose next 10 generations can afford their bread and better without having to practically work for anything even for a single day, OTOH there are those who earn as meager as a sum of 20 rupees ( roughly less that .5 dollars per day) a day.


I am not well educated on this matter, but two things stand out:

1. As you have already noted well, the GM crops have not much to do with already extant suicide trends, though they might have exacerbated the situation.

2. I smell something in these suicide reports at times. It's a tool by opposition against ruling party and there has not been done anything substantial to eradicate this problem.

Majority of votes come from 60% farmers and educated people do not exercise their electoral power and hence swaying the opinion of majority paves a way for opposition for at least next 5 years' rule.


Unpredictable Monsoon in India seems to have wreaked havoc on poor farmers who are unaided by Science.

Another irony is: Farmers who could never have earned a sum of 1 lakh rupees ( .1 million rupees) by cultivating crops do find that their families are given this sum once they commit suicide. This is tragic and reinforces thanatose. I don't think that this is a vital theory but it has some elements of truth in it.

A similar case might be: Donating a kidney or any other good functioning organ of value by a poor man to win the bread for his destitute family.

Edited by Thinker13 on 02/02/12 - 1:10 PM
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Posted 02/02/12 - 5:30 PM:

Farming is a tough and dirty job in most places around the world.

The cheap food market here is based on an enforced economy of scale, IOW, go big or go home. The whole system of production necessitates debt (immense investment in Capital). Farmers end up using illegal immigrants to keep costs low and survive. GM tech in farming would seem to increase dependency of farmer on companies who sell these technologies, i.e. Bt gene and Roundup Ready seed/pesticide packages.

Must be way less mechanized in India. If the agricultural model of India is changing, then we might understand the traditional farmers despair in being replaced or having to work against a new paradigm of industrial efficiency. I don't know how valid the perspective may be, but I remember reading a book in high school called Nectar in a Sieve which illustrates a kind of hard peasant life in India.

Most people have little idea of how difficult it is to get calories out of the ground. There are too many environmental variables in growing stuff.

Now imagine livelihood reliant solely on mercy of making your land productive and without any support or safety nets. Ugh!

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Posted 02/03/12 - 2:45 PM:

Debt seems to be mysterious, torturous, haunting, addictive and wicked entity in democracies these days. It seems to be the ultimate tool of power-elite. I wonder if it plays such a role in communist countries. [ Is there really a communist country out there?]
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Posted 02/04/12 - 5:39 PM:

NL wrote:
Most people have little idea of how difficult it is to get calories out of the ground. There are too many environmental variables in growing stuff.

there are a couple of french films whose story deals with this topic - they might interest you nihil, especially having recently been around france. they're called "jean de florette" and its sequel "manon des sources" (manon of the spring). they are both tragedies. this farmer suicide trend reminds me of them actually.
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