Abstract

The following paper presents an in-depth analysis of the effects of Monsanto on Indian farmer suicide rates from an Environmental Justice perspective. This case study intends to work through the continued injustice within Indian farming communities while examining the conditions in which this issue has been allowed to develop. Through an interdisciplinary lens, this paper aims to offer context on the situation by providing background information as well as integrating claims of morality. The paper highlights a close analysis of the issue through the incorporation of a multitude of resources such as scholarly works, news sources, social media, and works of literature. It displays the vitality of looking at issues holistically and investigating all aspects of a problem. Often neglected features of the injustice such as cultural awareness and societal differences are taken into account. Through this case study, it is made apparent that the well-being of Indian farmers is being disregarded as multinational companies such as Monsanto seek the highest profits imaginable. The work highlights the connects between the two and the claims made by both parties on behalf of the issue. Lastly, the work uses the crisis in India as a framework for a larger world problem in which free market capitalism places human rights beneath the acquisition of wealth.

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