Cutting Through the Hell of the Medical-Industrial Complex
Monday, July 27, 2015
India's farmers are forced into poverty by Monsanto.
Monsanto, the world's most hated corporation, will stop at
nothing to increase its profits, even if it means swindling struggling
For generations, farmers have saved seeds from year to year -- but the company has now made that illegal.
Monsanto is sowing the seeds of debt bondage by charging outrageous annual royalties
to keep using their seeds. Farmers are hopelessly saddled with
crippling debt. Since Monsanto's crops were introduced, over 200,000
farmers in India have committed suicide.
numbers show farmer suicide rates have reached record highs in rural
states as Monsanto's infamous seeds have propagated throughout the
country, and it's about to get worse. Now, the new Indian government has
opened GMO testing on eggplant, corn, rice and chickpeas, which could
mean even more royalties across the agricultural industry.
For centuries, farmers made a living by saving seeds from one year's crop to the next. But
today, Monsanto has put an end to that by claiming patent rights over
seeds -- the fundamental source of all plant life -- and forcing farmers
to pay for new seeds year after year after year.
The result is a crippling cycle of poverty, from which farmers see no way out.
cotton is currently India's only GMO crop, but it makes up 95 percent
of all cotton farming in the country, giving Monsanto a massive monopoly
on the market. These seeds cost about three to eight times the cost of
As Vandana Shiva has said, when corporations control seeds, they control life. Monsanto is taking a renewable common resource and turning it into a nonrenewable, commodity.
The battle between Indian farmers and Monsanto is heating up. Now more
than ever, we need to raise our voices to show Monsanto the whole world
is watching -- and we won't stand by while it makes billions in profits at the expense of the world's poor farmers.