Author Topic: Indian farmer suicides decline and in no way correlated with GMO crops  (Read 288 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Ah.hell

  • Poster of Extraordinary Magnitude
  • **********
  • Posts: 13443
An interesting article on Indian farmer suicides and how there  doesn't seem to be any clear correlation to any of the commonly cited reasons for them. 

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2018-12-24/india-s-farmers-aren-t-committing-suicide-because-of-high-debts

The article doesn't actually mention GMO crops but as far as I can tell the only widely grown GMO crop in India is Bt Cotton which was introduced in the early 2000s around the time farmer suicides peaked.  These suicides have been mostly declining as Bt Cotton production has been increasing. 

Offline 2397

  • Frequent Poster
  • ******
  • Posts: 3097
Quote
Nearly twice as many Indian housewives commit suicide as farmers do.

That's a peculiar statistic. It doesn't say the gender of the farmers, but typically it's men who kill themselves more often. Though it's also comparing a profession to all female homemakers.

How does it compare to suicides in other professions?

I wonder if Bloomberg has done a false comparison there. Judging by the abstract here, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3554961/, they're using absolute numbers rather than relative.

Quote
The NCRB data shows that housewives account for 18.6% of total persons committing suicides and for 52.8% of the total female victims. Those involved in farming and agriculture form the next largest group, comprising 11.9% of the total victims followed by those working in the private sector (7.8%) and unemployed (7.5%). and public sector (7.8% and 2.2%, respectively).