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Farmer Suicides — Are we city people responsible?

Farmer suicide

Do you & I have anything to do with FARMER SUICIDES? Are we responsible in any way? I would say a firm NO.

Still, think about the question a little. The commoners and even Lords and ladies of Britain one century ago would have believed that they were not responsible the enslavement of cotton farmers in India. They would have said that they had nothing to do with the pricing policy for cotton imported from India and the textiles manufactured in the mills of Manchester. The British soldiers would have said exactly the same thing… because they were not the policymakers. Even individual MPs and who knows, the British Prime Minister and even King George or Queen Victoria might have said that they were not responsible for the chronic poverty and exploitation of Indian farmers.

Today, with the benefit of hindsight, I feel that all the people in Britain benefited from the Indian farmers’ helplessness… and therefore, they were responsible in some measure.

In a similar way, I feel we all are responsible for the economic helplessness that drives our farmers to suicide. Today, the British are no longer their oppressors. Today, with or without our knowledge, WE are the oppressors. The buck stops with us.

This article has been shared by Do U Speak green? as received from NavNirman





Deadly Chemicals

Cotton is often times referred to as the most valuable non-food agricultural crop (that’s legal). And it may come as no wonder that it is also known as the world’s “dirtiest” crop:

  • $2 billion worth of chemicals are sprayed on the world’s cotton supply of cotton
  • In total, almost 1kg of hazardous pesticides is applied for every hectare that grows cotton.
  • Aldicarb, a powerful nerve agent, is one of the most toxic pesticides applied to cotton worldwide. Despite its World Health Organisation classification, “extremely hazardous”, US$112 million’s worth is applied to cotton crops each year.
  • Endosulfan – attributed to serious health problems, including coma, seizures, convulsions and death – remains as one of the most widely used pesticides in the world: in India, over 3,000 tonnes is applied to cotton crops annually.
  • Children are inherently more vulnerable to the negative impacts of exposure to pesticides. In countries such as Uzbekistan and India, children work in the cotton industry, live near cotton fields or are at high danger of pesticide exposure from reused pesticide containers and food.
Most of the cotton farming in the world happens in developing countries that have low resources, no education & dire poverty.

“Today, only 0.15% of the world’s cotton is guaranteed to be pesticide free. This means that the majority of the cotton we wear is likely to have contributed to the poisoning of lives and the environment in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities”, says Linda Craig, Director of PAN UK. “If the fashion industry is truly concerned about its impact in this world, then it needs to clean up its act and demand organic cotton.”

Leading fashion designer Katharine Hamnett, says “By insisting on organic cotton and fair pay for garment workers and by paying 1% more for a t-shirt, you can change the world and make it a better and safer place.”

Do U Speak Green is one of the first organic cotton providers in India. By being a pioneer in this field, it is doing for Indian cotton farmers what most others have failed at for so long. A supportive atmosphere that encourages environmental awareness and a better living condition for India.
Consumer demand for organic cotton currently stands at between US$800 million and US$1 billion, demonstrating that organic cotton offers a strong economic option; currently demand outstrips supply.

(Article adopted from

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