Exterminating seeds put farmers on the rack


It is the largest wave of suicides in the history of humankind: approximately one every 30 minutes. And it is taking place in India whereover 250,000 farmers have taken their own lives between 1995 and 2010. In most instances, killing themselves by ingesting the pesticides they use on their fields.

It’s essentially an epidemic: a frightening and senseless epidemic, yet one that is hidden. The latest internationally released figures
come from a 2011 report compiled by Vandana Shiva, a scientist and an activist defending biodiversity. The causes behind the suicides are manifold and are surrounded by controversy. In spite of the tremendous boom in the tech industry, India is still primarily an agrarian country.

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