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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.

Why You Need to Drink Wet-Hopped Beer Right Now

Wet-hopped beer is the ultimate in seasonal and local brews. It is made from fresh hops picked right off the bine in order to capture the aromatic hop flavor when it is most potent. The tricky part is fresh hops have virtually no shelf life, so brewers must spring into action as soon as the hops […] Read More..

A Simple Way to Grow Fresh Greens Indoors This Winter

Just because the temperatures have started to drop doesn’t mean you have to live without fresh greens until next Spring. With author and gardener Peter Burke’s innovative method of growing soil sprouts indoors, you can grow nutrient-dense greens all year long at a fraction of the cost of buying at market. Burke’s new book, Year-Round Indoor Salad […] Read More..

A Day in the Life of a Homesteader

As Homesteading Month comes to a close, we take a look at what it means to live the homesteading life every day. Read through the question and answer below and be sure to check out any of the previous articles you might have missed:Why Acquiring Land Presents a Challenge for New Homesteaders Homesteading Q&A: Solutions […] Read More..

Go Lean: How To Eliminate Waste and Increase Efficiency on the Farm

Using the words “factory” and “farm” in the same sentence may seem sacrilegious, but today’s young farmers like author Ben Hartman are discovering that the same sound business practices apply whether you produce cars or carrots.In his new book The Lean Farm, Hartman demonstrates how applying lean principles—originally developed by the Japanese automotive industry—to farming practices […] Read More..

Why Acquiring Land Presents a Challenge for New Homesteaders

More and more often, young people are turning away from cities and urban life in order to live off the land and even start farms of their own. But while many have the desire to grow food for themselves and/or others, acquiring land, and the financial burden that comes with it, presents a difficult challenge […] Read More..