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VIDEO: Farmers Commit Suicide in Vidarbha by Drinking Monsanto Pesticides

This video touches on the alleged abuses the Monsanto corporation is perpetrating against poor, illiterate farmers in India.

The corporation hires Bollywood actors to persuade farmers to buy seed at ten times the price they’re used to paying. They must then buy pesticides, also sold by Monsanto. The farmers are pushed to their limits by crops from which they aren’t allowed to harvest seed when they inevitably fail from lack of irrigation—Monsanto owns the patents. And when they eventually rack up a crippling amount of debt just to keep from starving, they’re forced to either find some way to pay, or lose their land to the Monsanto corporation—which, by the way, also owns their debt.

In the end, many choose to take their own lives in a way that is shocking, sad, and ultimately fitting: by drinking Monsanto pesticides.


The New Farmers’ Almanac: A Collection of Essays for Beginners

What agrarian future can we realistically build together? This is a question the Greenhorns hope to answer in their latest book, The New Farmers’ Almanac 2015. Greenhorns is an organization for young farmers—a non-traditional grassroots network with the mission to promote, recruit and support the entering generation of new farmers. It exists to celebrate young […] Read More..

How to Achieve Resiliency Through Radical, Self-Reliant Gardening

In today’s world the marketplace distorts our values and our dependence on petroleum keeps us from creating truly sustainable agriculture. So, how can we achieve true wealth and at the same time make society around us more resilient? The answer, Will Bonsall believes, is greater self-reliance in both how we grow our own food, and […] Read More..

Bramble On: The Ins and Outs of Growing Raspberries

Fresh, ripe raspberries picked straight from the garden in the morning. What could be a better start to your day? According to Michael Phillips, author of The Holistic Orchard, growing your own berries is entirely possible for anyone with a bit of space and a passion for the fruit. Brambles grow from the north to […] Read More..

Turning Meat into Money: How to Raise and Sell it Ethically

The consumer demand for grassfed, pasture-raised, and antibiotic-free meats is on the rise, putting farmers and ranchers in a unique position to make a decent living on meat that is produced ethically. But, how exactly do you turn meat into money without resorting to the large-scale industrial techniques of today’s confinement-operations? Look no further than […] Read More..

How to Grow Strawberries Indoors

It’s strawberry shortcake season, which means strawberry harvesting season. But for those of you with no outdoor space for gardens, fear not—you can plant, weed, and harvest all from the comfort of your own home! That’s right: it is possible to grow strawberries indoors, from small spaces. According to R. J. Ruppenthal, author of Fresh […] Read More..