Chris Van Es

Урожай самоубийств

НЬЮ-ДЕЛИ. За последнее десятилетие по четырем индийским штатам прокатилась эпидемия самоубийств фермеров: Махараштра, Андхра-Прадеш, Карнатака и Пенджаб. Согласно официальным данным более 160000 фермеров совершили самоубийство в Индии с 1997 года.

Такие самоубийства наиболее часты в зонах, где фермеры выращивают хлопок и непосредственно связаны с наличием монополий на семена. Поставка хлопковых семян в Индии в основном выскользнула из рук фермеров и перешла в руки глобальных производителей семян, таких как «Monsanto». Эти гигантские корпорации начали контролировать местные семенные компании, приобретая контрольные пакеты акций этих компаний, создавая совместные предприятия и заключая лицензионные соглашения, приводящие к созданию семенных монополий.

Когда происходят подобные вещи, семена перестают быть общественным благом и переходят в разряд «интеллектуальной собственности» таких компаний, как «Monsanto», по которой корпорации могут извлекать безграничные доходы посредством требования уплаты роялти. Для фермеров это означает увязание в долгах.

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