Amid a rising epidemic of farmers’ suicides in India, an
organic farmer appeals to the father of the Green Revolution
to embrace organic agriculture.
UN slams India for farmer suicides
India has enough food to feed her population of one billion,
yet hunger and food insecurity at household level increased
at the end of the 20th century.
A new UN report casts doubt
on the government’s claim that poverty declined from 36 to
26 percent between 1993-2000 . It criticizes the shift to
cash crops that reduced the cultivation of grains, pulses
and millets for household consumption.
The report slams the
rise of farmer suicides in India and links them to the
unremitting growth of a market economy that does not benefit
all Indians equally.
Impassioned plea to India’s government
Bhaskar Save is an 84-year-old farmer from Gujarat who has
petitioned the Indian Government to save India’s farmers
from exploitation and worse. In an open letter to Prof M.S.
Swaminathan (chairperson of the National Commission on
Farmers in the Ministry of Agriculture) he puts the blame
squarely on his shoulders as the ‘father’ of the ‘Green
Revolution’ that has destroyed India’s natural abundance,
farming communities, and soil .
He writes: “Where there
is a lack of knowledge, ignorance masquerades as science!
Such is the ‘science’ you have espoused, leading our farmers
astray – down the pits of misery.”
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Institute of Science in Society, posted 10/06
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