Pesticides, soil, all count in GM crops’ effectiveness, finds study

Download the research article http://www.ias.ac.in/currsci/25sep2011/783.pdf New Delhi: Genetically modified (GM) pest-resistant crops may not be the panacea they are made out to be, a new study shows, with specific reference to Bt cotton. The field trial by scientists in Nagpur shows that the soil the plants are grown in matters almost as much as insect-killing genes and pesticide sprays. The […]

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30 years farming system study, comparing organic with conventional Ag, Rodale Institute USA

The hallmark of a truly sustainable system is its ability to regenerate itself. When it comes to farming, the key to sustainable agriculture is healthy soil, since this is the foundation for present and future growth. Organic farming is far superior to conventional systems when it comes to building, maintaining and replenishing the health of the soil. For soil health […]

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New initiative to popularise organic farming Neha Madaan

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/New-initiative-to-popularise-organic-farming/articleshow/10109905.cms PUNE: In an initiative implemented by city-based Directorate of Horticulture, around 6,000 hectare of land in the state will be brought under organic farming through 60 projects this year. The initiative aims to increase the area under organic farming by 50,000 hectares, apart from reducing production costs and ensuring good quality produce, free of pesticide residue. The budget earmarked […]

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Do Seed Companies Control GM Crop Research?

ttp://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=do-seed-companies-control-gm-crop-research Do Seed Companies Control GM Crop Research? Scientists must ask corporations for permission before publishing independent research on genetically modified crops. That restriction must end By The Editors | August 13, 2009 | 37 SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Advances in agricultural technology—including, but not limited to, the genetic modification of food crops—have made fields more productive than ever. Farmers grow more […]

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PDS: It just works in TN

ALAMU R., The Hindu, Magazine, September 24, 2011 http://www.thehindu.com/arts/magazine/article2475948.ece A combination of political commitment, awareness and better transparency has ensured that the PDS in Tamil Nadu works as intended, ensuring food security for all. Believe it or not, the Public Distribution System (PDS) is working quite successfully in Tamil Nadu — this is one of the main lessons we have […]

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Out of the bank, into the money-lender’s trap

“Will you come in now?” screams 50-year-old Tanhibai Kale of Ganeshpur village in Jhari Jhamni tehsil of Yavatmal, the heart of Vidarbha’s suicide country. Lightening streaks across the darkened skies, followed by loud thunder. Her drenched nine-year-old grandson Nandu comes in from the downpour and tries to slink in but not before getting two slaps. “Next, you’ll fall ill and […]

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