Amazing stuff. I can’t confirm if this suicide was all at once or if it happened over a period of time, but that’s just nitpicking details.
This is part of the larger global story of drought and corresponding drop in food production (read that article, it contains links to more specific articles about different parts of the planet’s food and water situation) which is fast proving the fantasy that human population will keep expanding to 9 billion is just that, a fantasy. 6 billion was already probably 6 times more than the long term maximum carrying capacity of the planet. Also check out the recent PBS report on glaciers and climate change (one hour episode of NOW, flash video).
Thank god this isn’t an ideological matter, no matter how people try to paint it.
Here’s the original article on the Indian farmer’s mass suicide:
Over 1,500 farmers in an Indian state committed suicide after being driven to debt by crop failure, it was reported today.
The agricultural state of Chattisgarh was hit by falling water levels.
“The water level has gone down below 250 feet here. It used to be at 40 feet a few years ago,” Shatrughan Sahu, a villager in one of the districts, told Down To Earth magazine