Why are Indian farmers protesting en masse?
Just last week, someone drove a John Deere tractor outside the Indian consulate in San Francisco, an offshoot of the massive farmer protests currently embroiling India. So what’s going on? Essentially, the Indian government, which is a huge buyer of wheat and rice and big seller of those commodities to the poor, is cutting back significantly on those purchases. To small farmers who depend on that system, these changes could push them over the edge. “The farmers want significantly more government aid and regulation to ensure their survival,” Dan Nosowitz explains at Modern Farmer.