All today’s good reads. Good,as in, thought-provoking or informative. Not so much good in a nice way.
Cotton production is painstaking work that requires long hours of cleaning, seeding and hauling water to fields. Each bloom must be cross-pollinated by hand then plucked. Workers can suffer respiratory and other health problems caused by exposure to pesticides, extreme heat and physical stress.
Most cotton farmers are barely able to cover their output costs, let alone make any profit to support their families. India – which competes with the likes of the US, where cotton is heavily subsidised – is grappling with the rising costs of genetically modified seeds, fertilizers and pesticides, as well as the impact of unpredictable weather patterns. GM seeds account for 95% of cotton farming in India.
India is experiencing its biggest wave of suicides among cotton farmers. More than 270,000 Indian cotton farmers have killed themselves since 1995. Some observers have linked the deaths to the introduction of costly genetically modified seeds, fertilizers and insecticides. Many farmers turn to loan-sharks to pay for these items, however unfavourable weather conditions, or even a mere dip in the global price of cotton, can spell disaster for growers. | Read More
|—||Robert B. Moore, “Racist Stereotyping in the English Language” (viawretchedoftheearth)|
Poor Lands Slated for Military Base upsidedownworld.org/main/colombia-…
It’s a future military base with the purpose of protecting an oil pipeline. Over 2,000 families who are poor and displaced have set up a village because they had no where else to go. They need the land more than the oil company.