Land is the most important element of agriculture and food production. As the availability of land is limited by nature and by political boundaries, land use has to be equitable and sustainable. The Indian Government, capitulating to pressures by World Bank, W.T.O. and multinational corporations, is abandoning land reform, removing land ceiling, and allowing the sale of agricultural land for non-agricultural purposes. Corporations involved in floriculture and aquaculture are buying up land from dalits and marginal farmers to earn tax benefits and subsidies in the name of exports. Export-oriented Industrial aquaculture also ruins adjacent agricultural lands, forcing the farmers to sell the land to corporations for a pittance. Giant seed companies like Monsanto-Mahyco-Cargill Seeds push new technologies that force farmers to use more and more chemicals, driving the farmer deeper into debt and finally to suicide, and at the same time, devastating the soil. Increasing landlessness is leading to increased migration, increased unemployment, and increased hunger, malnutrition, disease and death.
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