The north Indian state of Punjab was said to have produced enough food to feed the entire country during the Green Revolution. However, the overuse of chemicals introduced during this period to enhance production of crops has damaged the soil and depleted Punjab's natural water resources. As the land is dependent on chemicals, so are more and more farmers becoming dependent on drugs such as opiates which help them to work longer hours on the fields. Rates for buying and selling crops vary, machinery breaks down, there is not enough rainfall; it becomes a necessity for farmers to take loans from 'Artiya', the rich middlemen who increase their interest rates without warning. More and more families are left without a father, husband and breadwinner as the multinationals who produce and advocate the chemicals profit from the farmers, who drink their toxic concoctions to end their lives.