This video portrait is part of the online feature story, 'The Silent Fields - Pesticide Poisoning in Punjab'.

Excessive pesticide use in the Punjab region of north-west India over the past 30-40 years has led to the accumulation of dangerous levels of toxins such as uranium, lead and mercury which are contributing to increased health problems in rural communities, including rising rates of cancers and early childhood development problems in children.

It's a hidden epidemic which is gripping the region which for decades has been the country's 'bread basket' and has fed much of the nation. Local farmers and their families however are now paying the price for the country's 'Green Revolution'.

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