"Faced with the problem of dwindling productivity, scientists now fly a new banner to replace the moth eaten flag of the Green Revolution. They are boasting the colours of generic revolution. They promise to obtain by genetic modification fifteen tons of wheat or rice per hectare and 200 tons of maize. We are entitled to doubt this promise because soils by loosing their organic matter and biological activity are becoming the most limiting factor of plant production " from the book " Regenerating the Soil "   

The headline has been hard to ignore. Across the world press, news media have announced that over 1,500 farmers in the Indian state of Chattisgarh committed suicide. The motive has been blamed on farmers being crippled by overwhelming debt in the face of crop failure.