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Monsanto’s GMO Seeds Contributing to Farmer Suicides Every 30 Minutes

Anthony Gucciardi
Natural Society / News Report
Published: Thursday 5 April 2012
“Many families are now ruined thanks to the mass suicides, and are left to economic ruin and must struggle to fight off starvation.”
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In what has been called the single largest wave of recorded suicides in human history, Indian farmers are now killing themselves in record numbers. It has been extensively reported, even in mainstream news, but nothing has been done about the issue. The cause? Monsanto’s cost-inflated and ineffective seeds have been driving farmers to suicide, and is considered to be one of the largest — if not the largest — cause of the quarter of a million farmer suicides over the past 16 years.

According to the most recent figures (provided by the New York University School of Law), 17,638 Indian farmers committed suicide in 2009 — about one death every 30 minutes. In 2008, the Daily Mail labeled the continual and disturbing suicide spree as ‘The GM (genetically modified) Genocide’. Due to failing harvests and inflated prices that bankrupt the poor farmers, struggling Indian farmers began to kill themselves. Oftentimes, they would commit the act by drinking the very same insecticide that Monsanto supplied them with — a gruesome testament to the extent in which Monsanto has wrecked the lives of independent and traditional farmers.

To further add backing to the tragedy, the rate of Indian farmer suicides massively increased since the introduction of Monsanto’s Bt cotton in 2002. It is no wonder that a large percentage of farmers who take their own lives are cotton farmers, the demographic that is thought to be among the most impacted. Dr. Mercola, an osteopathic doctor that has been educating the world about natural health for many years, recently saw the destruction of traditional Indian farmers first hand. Dr. Mercola found out about the notorious ‘suicide belt’ of India, where 4,238 farmer suicides took place in 2007 alone.

Many families are now ruined thanks to the mass suicides, and are left to economic ruin and must struggle to fight off starvation:

‘We are ruined now,’ said one dead man’s 38-year-old wife. ‘We bought 100 grams of BT Cotton. Our crop failed twice. My husband had become depressed. He went out to his field, lay down in the cotton and swallowed insecticide.’

In India, around 60 percent of the population (currently standing at 1.1 billion) are directly or indirectly reliant on agriculture. Monsanto’s intrusion into India’s traditional and sustainable farming community is not only concerning for health and wellness reasons, but it is now clear that the issue is much more serious.

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ABOUT Anthony Gucciardi

Anthony is an accomplished investigative journalist whose articles have appeared on top news sites and have been read by millions worldwide. A health activist and researcher, Anthony’s goal is informing the public as to how they can use natural methods to revolutionize their health, as well as exploring the behind the scenes activity of the pharmaceutical industry and the FDA.

Thank you so much for

Thank you so much for stepping forrwad against Monsanto. My head is still reeling over the factthat a company can win a court battle over patent infringement when IT is the one doing the contaminating. Something is horribly wrong in the courts when I see that this is actually possible!As a mother and paralegal student, I struggle everyday to keep up with the expense of organic food, and having to also know what products I can use that are safe. I should not have to work so hard to know whatfood is genetically-modified and what food isn't.If you sell seed, I will be buying it from you.Thank you again for stepping forrwad. If there is any field work that needs to be done, I would be glad to help.Ms. Baumgartner

A great example of corporate

A great example of corporate greed killing ordinary people. I feel for these poor farmers. First the blame should go to the corrupt politicians that allow such greedy companies to do business and writing the death script to the farmers, who feed the nation and the world. I wish this company greed ends soon and many more poor farmers saved.

"Now get on the right side of

"Now get on the right side of an argument you twit."

That will never happen. Monsanto pays A LOT of people to vet newsgroups and other online forums specifically to contradict information about this corporation which is showing itself to be the ultimate corporate psychopath. Disinformation is sown (pun intended) by trolls and shills like TREVOR SMYTHE and KEVINFOLTA to counteract the masses realising the true extent of the human tragedy that is attributable to Monsanto..

RE: kevinfolta response.

RE: kevinfolta response. Kevin, unfortunately it IS as nefarious as it is being portrayed. Many of the farmers do not willingly choose or use Monsanto seeds. In Mexico, Monsanto spies drive through remote areas during planting season, and throw a handful of their corn or soybean seeds in a specific section of a farm - without the permission or knowledge of the farmer.

When the plants mature, they come back and take samples of the crop. They analyze the food in their lab and produce 100% lock-solid evidence that the farmer is growing Monsanto-patented crops. They then send the farmer an invoice for the FULL COST of Monsanto seeds for his or her ENTIRE FARM - even though the farmer never wanted to grow Monsanto crops, and played no role in planting them. When the farmer can't pay the bogus invoice (and few can), Monsanto has the local authorities (who get a cut of the action) seize the farm for non-payment. They've done this to tens of thousands of farmers in Mexico, as well as here in U.S., as well as around the world, which is why the farmers choose suicide rather than go to jail.

Monsanto's goal is to patent ALL growth of these crops around the world, so they can set pricing wherever they want - just as the mid-east oil sheiks can set world oil prices to any level they want. Monsanto wants to be a monopoly in an increasingly-wider sector of the world agricultural market - which gives them control over all humanity.

Why bother invading countries and taking over their governments, which was the model of pre-21st century imperialism? The new methodology is to gain control over ALL nations by being the 'big brother' of the world's dinner plate. And as we all know, people HAVE to eat - so in the long run we will all HAVE to pay Monsanto's asking price - however high they choose to set it.

I heard that France and other

I heard that France and other European countries are banning Monsanto products. Whether it actually causes illness or not is not necessarily the issue. If society has no confidence in a product it should not exist. Period.

Monsanto's incessant claims that it's products are safe and their one-sided, pre-concluded studies be damned. If there is any doubt (which there is) I want the choice to avoid this garbage.

Maybe one day US politicans will look to France for inspiration. Their politicians obviously have some balls.

The farmer bears all the

The farmer bears all the burden, expense and labor of feeding the world, but the moneychangers reap all the rewards. Injustice. Obscene injustice.

Probably it is being

Probably it is being encouraged as a way to prune and clear the human herd in India to make room for agribusiness there too. Reduction of populatiuon seem to be the agenda for natural disasters, unresponded to genocides, and the use of war and ethnic cleansing unabated despite protestations about it. In other word WWII served a purpose to thin the herd and clear room for economic growth to rebuild, retool and get out of the depression... Wars seem to be way of achieving goal such as this all around the world and epdiemics too. As with the rest of the world local farming is being and has been pushed out of the way to promote efficiency in profits.

GMO is only temporary

GMO is only temporary impermanent attempt at an age old problem. Keeping bugs and weeds out of the garden. Gentically modify an organism to resist a bug, and Nature will genetically modify that bug to eat it anyhow. Which is undisputable fact. Use chemicals to kill a weed and Nature will modify that weed to be immune to that chemical. Which again is undisputable fact. What we are presently doing agrochemically and agrogentically is no different than someone trying to drink their alcoholism away. Simply won't work. The only long term solution is to change what we can change, accept what we can not change and pray for the wisdom to know the difference. Not putting all our eggs in one basket agriculturally is the first step to ensure an abundant food supply. Not being too lazy to till weeds is another.

This is a repeat of the Dirty

This is a repeat of the Dirty thirties; the spread of the desert in Africa; the Irish potato famine; Eritrea, Biafra, the Ukrainian famine. The list goes on. Monsanto is not the only demon here though they are the latest. India is one of the world's breadbaskets. Like Byelorus(sp?) and the prairie provinces in Canada--this is another breathtaking example of murder by corporation. Many countries are affected and all corporations are deeply entangled in our daily lives in ways that we cannot identify. When the dollar becomes the main goal; when people are identified as commodities; then we are in trouble. Don't forget Goldman Sachs and the inflation of winter wheat future stocks (2008). Forty-eight million people in the U.S. went hungry/starved because the wheat was being sold on the futures market at hugely inflated prices. When the contracts came due, there was no wheat. People in Canada and the US regularly go hungry. All of this is connected. We ruin the aquifers, genetically modify the plants to extremes that grow in enormous monocultures on all continents. The plants get wiped out by the lovely bugs, moulds, locusts, climate change, all those things that are all connected to us. It's all quantum. Viruses, vermin, insects and plants mutate to survive the pesticides. Our population is increasing by the second--we have more people than food. Now we need to be conscious of all of our actions, if possible. We are all in this together. Like Fossilfred says we need a multidimensional approach because everything affects everything else; all the time, and in every way. Suicide is a pretty loud declaration of how a GMO crop doesn't work. Corporations disconnect to the point of killing. That is very crafty. They do not get their hands dirty. What does Monsanto or any of these global corporations believe in?Sounds like profits at any cost. That is where they have their psychotic break with the world. Make no mistake--none of this is for the general population's benefit. It is bad. I do have additional information about GMO and pesticides and the companies that produce them and as TORIWORKS4PEACE says this is much, much worse and has been happening for a long time. It happens all over the world. Taking away choice; false advertising and so on create indentured slavery that must be eliminated. The farmer sells himself, his family and his livelihood to the corporation. They own the farmer and whatever is grown. Body & soul.

Other countries are not as

Other countries are not as tolerant of the killing that corporations like Monsanto does. It would not be as hard for them to outlaw ANY Monsanto product as it is for our sorry excuse for regulators to stop them. If India and other countries would ban ANY products from Monsanto and others, it just might rub off on the American counterparts that this is not good for humans. Period. However, don't hold your breath.

Corporate Ag has left

Corporate Ag has left aquifers below historical levels for years due to the excessive use by irrigation of export crops.

Monsanto sues if farmers use seed that has been cross-bred (contaminated) by GMO products - they have all the LEGAL bases covered. Pretty soon a decent lawyer will belly-up to the bar and argue against the Monsanto logic and payola.

I am not a lawyer but I was

I am not a lawyer but I was wondering if possibly the consumer confidence argument could somehow trump all the preconcluded studies that Monsanto produces. I know that some judge somewhere who has children must sympathize with the lack of choice available to parents. If something like 90% of all soybeans are GMOs then I'm sorry that is a food group that is not an option for my kids.

I wonder why abortion

I wonder why abortion opponents care so much about unborn zygotes, and so less about adults in this situation?

I'm curious why anyone would

I'm curious why anyone would bring the abortion debate into this. It's a stretch that it is relevant, it's a red herring. Like buddy focus on one issue at a time dude!

Oh my dear, S. Where have you

Oh my dear, S. Where have you been? You poor thing. It's going to come as a great shock to you to learn that people haven't been important for many years! And they/we are declining in importance with every passing day.

People are important but only

People are important but only to themselves. I agree with you and feel we have lost our sense of being in this together. Perhaps an environmental foot on the neck will help us right ourselves.

to Kevinfolta- you're the one

to Kevinfolta- you're the one who needs to get educated about GM crops and yes, they ARE as nefarious as the article says; in fact they are WORSE. The newest independent (read non-Monsanto sponsored) research has shown serious reproductive system, immune system, and DNA damage.

Look up Dr. Vinadana Shiva online; she has seen first-hand the terrible effects of GM crops in her beloved country. Monsanto worked very hard to force GM cotton on farmers, making promises of high yields and better financial benefits; they got the government to back them. Monsanto did everything they could to undermine the use of non-Gm seeds, buying up entire seed stores, destroying them, and then telling the farmers that the GM seeds were all that was left.

That's not choice.

Once a farmer's fields were planted with GM seeds, they could no longer grow any other seeds, even if they could find any. And they were in debt to Monsanto who sold the GM seeds at rock bottom prices at first, then raised the prices so that the farmers could never get ahead of their debt.

Hi Tori. No education needed

Hi Tori. No education needed here. I study the stuff and know the field extremely well since it started. The reports you cite are in low quality journals, are never repeated, and usually come from the same few labs. This is 90% of corn,cotton, canola in the USA. If it really has negative effects you'd see it in the best journals with many labs studying it. The data just are not compelling to show harm. 14 year old papers from a few rat stomachs might sway casual readers, but I have a different evidence threshold.

Yes, I have read Shiva's opinions too, and if those instances are true, then it is a very bad thing. Unfortunately such reports are inconsistent. The science is really solid in terms of the benefits of these crops in India (China too). I'm still looking into the validity of these claims. The web is so full of garbage about transgenic crops. Sadly, when you cite the "serious reproductive, immune system and DNA damage" (where I am an expert) as your lead in, I don't put much stock in the rest (where I am not an expert).

News flash to the idiot.

News flash to the idiot. Bought studies are 'low quality' because the conclusion that they cause no threat to human health are concluded long before they ever happen.

Maybe you should study something else you are not very bright.

Here's why no one here is

Here's why no one here is putting any stock in your opinion. Monsanto would not be so bad if they weren't perceived to be eliminating choice which is what they are doing when they want to remove labels off of milk cartons for example.

I have no confidence in it and that ALONE is enough for me to have the right to not want it in my food supply. Studies are bought and therefore don't matter to anyone. In the end the single most important question is do people want any chemicals to be given to them and their children to eat? Consumer confidence is the issue here. Stop saying what some study said and what scientists are saying. It doesn't matter when you have corporations buying people. It's all meaningless rhetoric.

Why are you so obtuse that you can't see that?

To Norman Allen: Gr8 response

To Norman Allen: Gr8 response :)

Apparently the folks at

Apparently the folks at Monsanto didn't listen to the their evolution instructors very closely. You can genetic engineer the plants all you want, but the bugs will still evolve to avoid what you've bred into the plants and then you're lost, because the bugs are even more wiry than before. Although HIV is only a virus, it can and does mutate. When we tried a single drug, the virus could adapt to avoid that drug. Now we use multidrug cocktails and have a bit better luck. Integrate Pest Management systems are really more viable in the long haul. Another problem is that of monocultures. That was the problem with the potato famine. Very few varieties were being grown and one very good bug (Phytophthora infestans) came along and there goes your potatoes. Maybe we should send the Monsanto scientists back to school, or perhaps its only their executives who failed biology that out rule them??

Or just stack transgenes.

Or just stack transgenes. Everything you said in that comment could be said about conventional or organic farming-- you solve a problem, pests, weeds, pathogens find a work-around.

Clearly stacked Bt traits are much more reliable than dumping tons of insecticides on fields. That has been shown (see National Academies Press for a really good book on the subject). Safer for workers, non-target animals and less cost for farmers. No pesticides in the environment either.

So at least we agree that

So at least we agree that pesticides are unhealthy. You concede this point when you say, "Clearly stacked Bt traits are much more reliable than dumping tons of insecticides on fields."

Finally we agree. Monsanto produces chemicals harmful to human health.

Now if you could just write to your congressperson that would be great. How I enjoy trolling the troll!

Monsanto; Shame on you ! Who


Shame on you !
Who in your corporate hierarchy does not understand the concept of ...Do No Harm...?

"....Due to failing harvests and inflated prices that bankrupt the poor farmers,...He went out to his field, lay down in the cotton and swallowed insecticide..."

This GMO seed policy must change.
We must support heirloom seed diversity in crops that feed the world.

I'm contacting my investments broker today to make sure I don't have Monsanto listed amongst the long list of companies in my Mutual Funds portfolio.

I now support a targeted boycott of Monsanto.

Fred Skeen, R.N.
(530) 559-5411...cell

The evil Monsanto spawns upon

The evil Monsanto spawns upon our planet knows no bounds. Their latest evil , Monsanto’s Roundup Ready alfalfa seed has been genetically engineered to be tolerant of glyphosate, the active ingredient of Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup. Sounds like a real boon to killing of everything except the alfalfa crop, but alteration of genetics in alfalfa could eventually kill us too. Read:, if you care about our future food sources on this planet.

OMG I had no idea! This has

OMG I had no idea! This has to be stopped! Does corporate responsibility begin and end with their in-house balance $heet? People must always come before profit!

Profits have always come

Profits have always come first for Monsanto. From Agent Orange to "Nutra-sweet" (which, according to their own covered-up lab reports, creates holes in the brains of animals tested) to Anniston's nightmare, to the everlasting poisoning of East St. Louis, to GMO's and slave-labor in their test plots enforced by Blackwater, Monsanto's motto should be: "Poison, Death, Despair." SHUT DOWN MONSANTO!

Please explain why they have

Please explain why they have to use any seed type. There are plenty of non-GM seeds out there. Also, conventional crops fail too- quite often in these areas. Here's the real story. Bollworms were big problems in India and Bt cotton is a huge success story. They used to cause >50% crop loss as toxic insecticides were sprayed many times throughout the season-- and there was widespread resistance developed to most available. Bt cotton was adopted extensively in 2002 and is now 90-some percent of acerage. Farmers had choices and chose Bt cotton because of its performance. Cotton production was up through this time, chemical sprays down, and profits up-- in general. India is now an exporter of cotton when it used to be an importer. The technology has been good overall and has been positive for the environment.Farmer suicides do occur, and some are tied to crop failures. The big problem in India is drought. The monsoons have been pathetic in recent years, especially in some regions. Places without irrigation see cotton production crash, bringing subsantial debt to farmers with no products. That's not a GMO problem, that's a climate problem. No amount of Bt can fix no water.I encourage any of the readers to seek additional information on this topic, as it is not as nefarious as you portray.

Heads up. We don't care how

Heads up. We don't care how safe you think this shit is. We don't have ANY confidence in all. Endless propaganda disguised as your 'studies' don't really matter. Consumer confidence does. We DO NOT have confidence in Monsanto. Therefore it should not exist. Done.

Now get on the right side of an argument you twit.

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