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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.

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New French edition of The Resilient Farm and Homestead available

Great news for French-speaking fans of Ben Falk’s The Resilient Farm and Homestead: An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach. The French language translation is now available from Imagine Un Colibri, from French booksellers, and on Amazon.fr. Falk’s book is a technical manual that details the strategies he and his team have developed for […] Read More

How to Make Biochar

Doing some spring cleaning around your property? By making biochar from brush and other hard-to-compost organic material, you can improve soil—it enhances nutrient availability and also enables soil to retain nutrients longer. This excerpt from The New Farmer’s Almanac, Volume 3, explains how to get started. To make biochar right in your garden, start by […] Read More

Generosity as Activism, and Other Homesteading Principles to Live By

“Like everyone I know, we occasionally find ourselves faced with a decision to which there is no obvious answer,” says Ben Hewitt, coauthor of The Nourishing Homestead. “Do we borrow money to build a bigger barn, or do we keep getting by with what we have? Do we spend our meager savings on trees and […] Read More

Pass the Walnut Syrup?

Everyone knows and loves maple syrup, and in some states (like Chelsea Green’s home state of Vermont), it’s big business. However, it’s a widespread myth that maples are the only trees that can be tapped to produce sap, according to Michael Farrell, sugarmaker and director of Cornell University’s Uihlein Forest. Sap can also be collected […] Read More

4 Books for Growing Food in Winter

Don’t let cold weather stop you from producing and enjoying your own food. For many, the coming of winter simply means cultivation moves indoors or under cover. Small farmers, homesteaders, home gardeners, and commercial growers can extend the growing season with techniques outlined in these essential books. There’s no need for urbanites and small-space dwellers […] Read More
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