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GMO Devastation in India - What the mainstream media will never tell us.

This is a brief video.

http://youtu.be/LFF96-wrtUM

"Monsanto's introduction of genetically engineered cotton in India has been a catastrophe for farmers. Farm workers are getting itching rashes, livestock eating the plants are getting sick or dying, and the cotton's unreliable yield is leading to an enormous number of suicides among indebted farmers.

Let us remember you have to buy seeds every year from Monsanto. You cannot harvest and keep your own seeds as farmers have always done.

Watch this short excerpt from the documentary Genetic Roulette — The Gamble of Our Lives."

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For the full documentary

There is an answer

One Man, One Cow, One Planet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uhVUbABCpI

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

A video that gives hope.

Thank you.

Imagine if, instead of investing $23,000,000

in Monsanto stock, Bill Gates invested that amount in educating Indian farmers about biodynamic farming that would RESTORE the soil and allow them to farm in a natural, healthy, and SUSTAINABLE way. Use of bt cotton has significantly reduced yield:
http://www.nationofchange.org/sorry-monsanto-govt-admits-gm-...

They could farm with no toxic herbicides, pesticides, or chemical fertilizers whatsoever. They'd be able to once again allow animals to graze on the land after harvesting without them DROPPING DEAD. My God, if bt cotton is so toxifying the environment - the soil, plus this all leaches into the water supply - that it's killing large beasts, do people really think it's not doing harm to smaller-scale wildlife (all part of the FOOD CHAIN) and to humans who live and work in the area... or downstream?
http://www.occupymonsanto360.org/Occupy,Monsanto,GMO,Genetic...
http://www.umt.edu/ethics/Debating%20Science%20Program/ODC/B...

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

just dont plant the monsanto cotton

The farmers chose to llant it so i really dont see it being a big deal. Decisions have consequences.

Rashes, scarring, illnesses, animal deaths...

Yeah, no big deal. So they should just plant something else? The genetically engineered crops and chemical herbicides & fertilizers needed to be used in conjunction with them kill the micro-organisms in the soil and leave it nutrient-poor and compacted, rendering it unsuitable for normal farming practices. So if it's all that bad, why don't they sue? An impoverished, rural Indian farmer wouldn't have the means to take a global monopolistic giant like Monsanto to court over the deleterious effects to worker health, the deaths caused to their animals, or destruction of their natural resources. (Heck, the state of Vermont didn't have the funds to against Monsanto.) Many with no way to pay off debts and no way to earn a living see no way out. Hence over 180,000 suicides linked to bt cotton. Given your response, I have to believe you aren't aware of the extent and severity of the problem, nor the leverage that Monsanto wields with government officials and universities - and not just in India. http://www.organicconsumers.org/monsanto/

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

I think there is more to it.

They sign a contract with Monsanto and once the cotton grows on their land you have cross pollination as happens in the US. Most of the natural foliage of India has been contaminated and replaced with GMO contaminated plants. It is happening in the US too. Monsanto will take people to court for planting something other than GMO once they sign a contract.

Monsanto is slippery like an eel and invading the third world poor nations because Europe refuses to buy GMO. So they have to take advantage of the poor of the world.

How dare Monsanto sue farmers damaged by genetic contamination of their crops? That’s like a pugilist suing for damage to his hand after he punches an unwilling victim.

“Monsanto admits that its product contaminates natural crops. That must be why it recently altered its Technology Stewardship Agreement to transfer liability for its products to the farmers who buy them." http://thewatchers.adorraeli.com/2011/04/05/organic-farmers-...

Thank you

for embedding the video.