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Vandana Shiva: Farmer Suicides in India Linked to Debt, Globalization


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Vandana Shiva: Farmer Suicides in India Linked to Debt, Globalization

George Lerner

Thousands of poor farmers in India have committed suicide over the past decade as changes in India's agricultural policy set off a widening spiral of debt and despair, one environmental activist said Tuesday.

"The farmer suicides started in 1997. That's when the corporate seed control started," Vandana Shiva told CNN's Christiane Amanpour. "And it's directly related to indebtedness, and indebtedness created by two factors linked to globalization."