Farmers Driven to Suicide


045s_2Caption: Burning GMO Cotton in India

In January 10, Jamuna Ramdas Ade decided she couldn’t take it any more. The cotton farmer from the Indian state of Maharashtra was so deep in debt that she swallowed a mouthful of monocrotophos, an insecticide so poisonous it is banned in Europe and the United States.

Sadly, this is not an isolated incident. Family farmers around the world, including the U.S., are killing themselves out of desperation.

Read the rest of the article from ODE magazine, and find out how to help.

See a related article about Seydou Coulibaly, a cotton farmer from Mali who was in Louisville to meet with local farmers and students, by Rasa Zimliki (Oxfam) and Andrew Kang Bartlett. Download the two-pager here.

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