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Old 02-20-2011, 02:20 AM   #1
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Default "The GM genocide"

From a few years ago, but I still thought the article was worth sharing.

The Daily Mail UK, 3/11/08:

The GM genocide: Thousands of Indian farmers are committing suicide after using genetically modified crops | Mail Online

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Beguiled by the promise of future riches, he borrowed money in order to buy the GM seeds. But when the harvests failed, he was left with spiralling debts - and no income.
So Shankara became one of an estimated 125,000 farmers to take their own life as a result of the ruthless drive to use India as a testing ground for genetically modified crops.
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When crops failed in the past, farmers could still save seeds and replant them the following year.

But with GM seeds they cannot do this. That's because GM seeds contain so- called 'terminator technology', meaning that they have been genetically modified so that the resulting crops do not produce viable seeds of their own.

As a result, farmers have to buy new seeds each year at the same punitive prices. For some, that means the difference between life and death.
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