I am working on fundraising to help the lives or farmers in India who, dependant on their crops have used GM seeds which cannot be saved, and require higher and higher levels of expensive pesticides and fertilisers. This has required farmers to take on expensive loans and now unable to pay, and with no way out, one farmer commits suicide every 8 hours.
Amma is a Spiritual teacher based in Kerela. She is a profoundly wise woman with the insight to look forward many years. Her Charitable organisation MA Math have set up projects that do not just give handouts, but make new opportunities for change for the families and widows of the farmers.
The following is taken from her website but shows the effects very clearly of choosing GM. You can see what Amma’s projects are doing at http://www.amma.org/humanitarian-activities/social/farmer-project3.html
The use of pesticides and its effect on the life of farmers:
Currently many non-organic, commercial foods are genetically modified. Genetically modified organisms (GMO) present a profound danger to humans as well as the ecosystem. Many species of animals, such as the monarch butterflies are becoming extinct due to the GMOs. For vegetarians, GMOs pose another problem, as they are frequently spliced from animal DNA. It is hypothesized by many experts that the GMO food will eventually even alter human DNA. As GMOs are a recent creation their long term effects are unknown.
In India and other developing nations, western based GMO / pesticide companies are aggressively promoting extremely heavy use of chemicals for farming. This is leading to serious depletion of soil and contamination of the water. Many insects are developing stronger resistance to pesticides and sometimes even huge amounts of chemical are ineffective. For this reason many farmers have little or no yield, year after year. Having gone deeply in debt to these chemical companies, the farmers begin to feel hopeless. Unfortunately, large numbers of Indian farmers are committing suicide by drinking their pesticides. Amma has expressed concern about this issue, and is working to help the farmers and their families. When we choose organic, non-GMO foods, we can also do our part to end this tragic situation.