In India, Government of Maharashtra has canceled the Monsanto's license to sell genetically engineered cotton seeds while it investigates farmer suicides, reports Environment News Service (ENS). 28 Indian seed companies were cancelled in the process, which were selling cotton seeds using technology from Mahyco Monsanto Biotech, a joint venture of Mahayco and Monsanto Holdings Pvt. The move comes amid an investigation into the rising suicide rates among Maharashtra farmers that have been planting the seeds. Kishore Tiwari with the farmer advocacy group Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti told ENS: "Bt cotton seed has played a key role in the Vidarbha farm suicide saga since June 2005. In a shocking revelation, across India, more than 250,000 people took their lives between 1995 and 2010 due to failure in profitable cultivation.
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