Monsanto is responsible for the deaths of Indian farmers.

Posted: January 25, 2015 in Call to Action, Fight Back, Revolting, Workers Unite!

Tell Monsanto: Stop Forcing Farmers Into Poverty!

Suicide rates among Indian farmers have skyrocketed thanks to Monsanto, whose viselike contracts have trapped thousands of farmers in cycles of debt and poverty ever since its GMO crops were introduced to the country in 2002. According to the Center For Human Rights and Global Justice, in 2009 alone 17,638 Indian farmers committed suicide, averaging one suicide every 30 minutes.

The biggest factor sending Indian farmers into deeper and deeper debt are the absurd royalties that Monsanto charges when farmers use “renewal” seeds, which are seeds gathered from a previous harvest. The practice of saving seeds to plant the following year is a worldwide, ancient tradition––one that farmers have always relied on to economically produce enough food.

Join us in demanding that Monsanto stop charging royalties on crops produced from renewal seeds!

But because Monsanto’s seeds are patented, the corporation charges royalties for crops produced from the same genetic material as the original seed, slamming struggling farmers with mounting fees they can’t afford. In India, more and more farmers are viewing suicide as the only way out of Monsanto’s financial trap.

That’s why we need you to tell Monsanto to change its royalty policy and stop charging extra for crops produced from renewal seeds. We can’t let Monsanto profit from stacking the deck against hardworking people who feed the world!

PETITION TO MONSANTO: Stop charging royalties on crops produced from renewal seeds.


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