Farmer suicides and Bt cotton
2010-01-07 | The largest wave of farmer suicides and ecological nightmare unfolding around Bt cotton
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho exposes the "fudged" data and false claims of 'successes' that have perpetrated the humanitarian disaster.
A fully referenced version of this report has been submitted to Shri Jairam Ramesh Environment Minister of India, urging him to stop growing Bt cotton and other GM crops in India; it is posted on ISIS members’ website (details herehttp://www.i-sis.org.uk/membership.php )
The Bt cotton killing fields
As the cotton growing season drew to a close in the state of Andhra Pradesh, farmer suicides once again became almost daily occurrences. Officially, the total number of suicides within a six-week period between July and August 2009 stood at 15, but opposition parties and farmers’ groups said the true total was more than 150 . Opposition leader N. Chandrababu claimed in a speech that he had the names and addresses of 165 farmers who ended their lives because of the distress caused by the drought.
By November, similar reports were coming from another cotton growing state Maharashtra. Farmers of Katpur village in Amravati district sowed Bt cotton four years ago. Instead of the promised miracle yields, huge debts have driven many to suicide, and cattle were reported dying after feeding on the plants  (see  Mass Deaths in Sheep Grazing on Bt Cotton, SiS 30). http://www.i-sis.org.uk/MDSGBTC.php
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