Thursday, December 14, 2006

Impact of U.S. Corporations On Agriculture In The Developing World

Here is an interesting report from Democracy Now describing the impact of U.S. Corporations on the Agriculture industry in India.

Amy Goodman speaks with writer and ecologist Vandana Shiva.

India's Farmers are fighting for their livelihoods....battling companies such as St. Louis based Monsanto. Monsanto, with the help of the U.S. and Indian governments, is engaging in vicious business practices (such as requiring farmers to use seed that is not renewable....forcing them to buy seed each year at a higher cost). Monsanto is also attempting to establish an economic and political monopoly in Indias Agricultural market, making it difficult for traditional Indian family farmers to compete. Several farmers are committing suicide because of these practices that force them out of the market. (This is a report you won't see on FOX or CNN).

India's culture will also be challenged by the increased presence of Wal-Mart.

Watch/Listen to program

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