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India – One of Monsanto’s Largest Markets – Gives the Boot to Monsanto

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Touch the Soil News #359 It is no secret expensive GMO seeds – for which many small farmers in India had to get into debt for – has caused financial hardship. Financial failure is like social failure in India. Since 1997 there have been roughly 200,000 farmer suicides in India due to loan defaults and financial failures. Recently, the government of India has had enough – particularly as relates to the nation’s large cotton farming footprint in which GMO seeds now prevail. The government of India led – by Prime Minister Narendra Modi – has imposed a 70 percent reduction in royalties that Monsanto receives for it cotton technology. Contributing…

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India – Onwards to Africa for Food

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Touch the Soil News #307 From abroad, the Press Trust of India published an interesting story. In a recent public statement, the minister of agriculture in India – Radha Mohan Singh – admitted that India just can’t feed itself on its own. Singh revealed that India must import about 5 million metric tonnes of pulses (beans, lentils and peas) and about 14 million metric tonnes of edible oils (palm, coconut, canola, soybean and sunflower). Together that’s about 19 million metric tonnes (2,205 lbs.) of foodstuffs. 19 million metric tonnes is equal to roughly 45 billion pounds of foodstuffs – roughly 35 lbs. of food per person in India. . Radha…

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