GM Crops Stir Indian Farmer Suicides… or Not.

From the Daily Mail (Nov. 3, ’08) The GM genocide: Thousands of Indian farmers are committing suicide after using genetically modified crops

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.

From the Guardian (Nov. 5, ’08) Indian farmer suicides not GM related, says study

Suicides among Indian farmers have not increased as a result of the introduction of GM crops, according to a large scientific study.

The finding runs counter to arguments often cited by NGOs in the country such as Gene Campaign that oppose GM crops. They say that the supposed hike in suicides is a tragic social consequence of farmers being forced into debt as a result of growing the crops.

If anyone knows of good updates, please post them in the comments section below.
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Thanks to Apesphere for first pointing me to this issue.

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About Chris MacDonald

I'm a philosopher who teaches at Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Management in Toronto, Canada. Most of my scholarly research is on business ethics and healthcare ethics.
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One Response to GM Crops Stir Indian Farmer Suicides… or Not.

  1. The Dicklomat says:

    Chris:

    I found your blog while looking for info on Indian farmer suicides related to GMO’s. Your reference to the Gaurdian article on the “large scientific study” was exactly what I needed.

    You will enjoy this SGU (Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe) episode forum thread on GM vs Organic farming, in which I have engaged with an organic farmer (he is “kem”, I am “The Dicklomat”) who I believe has become disillusionsed by Prince Charles’ typical scare mongering…

    http://sguforums.com/index.php/topic,26090.120.html

    It starts on page 7 and picks up again on page 9.

    Thank you very much for helping me to pwn this guy “kem”.

    Jason Hall,
    Doha, Qatar

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