Thursday, May 13, 2010

Seeds of Hope

In India,
farmers who for centuries
have saved their seeds
to sow again
have now been forced to purchase seeds
-- which sadly both increases their debt
and reduces their yield,
leaving them and their families destitute:
some 200,000 Indian farmers
have killed themselves in despair
since 1997.
How do we continue
to live with the contrast
between their lives and ours --
and when will we begin sowing seeds of hope?

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