In 16 years, farm suicides cross a quarter million, P. Sainath

Past eight years show rising trend Farm_Suicides__All__820602a Farm Suicides: All India Totals, 1995-2010 It’s official. The country has seen over a quarter of a million farmers’ suicides between 1995 and 2010. The National Crime Records Bureau’s latest report on ‘Accidental Deaths & Suicides in India’ places the number for 2010 at 15,964. That brings the cumulative 16-year total from 1995 […]

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Harvesting Discontent

http://www.tehelka.com/story_main50.asp?filename=Ne051111Harvesting.asp The spiralling rise in the cost of fertiliser, seed and labour is forcing farmers to give up on agriculture. Bhavdeep Kang reports on the unfolding disaster No greener pastures Only those who cannot find employment continue farming Photo: Creative Common Licence THE ‘CROP holiday’ by farmers of Andhra Pradesh, in protest against high agricultural input costs and low procurement […]

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Foodies, Get Thee to Occupy Wall Street

The Occupy Wall Street protests grew out of anger at the outsized power of banks. But as they’ve expanded nationwide, the uprisings have evolved into a kind of running challenge to the way power is concentrated in all aspects of our economy—concentrated into the hands of people with an interest in maintaining the status quo. No doubt, the financial sector […]

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Occupy the Food System! by Eric Holt Gimenez

In the past few weeks, the U.S. Food Movement has made its presence felt in Occupy Wall Street. Voices from food justice organizations across the country are connecting the dots between hunger, diet-related diseases and the unchecked power of Wall Street investors and corporations (See Tom Philppot’s excellent article in Mother Jones). This is very fertile ground. On one hand, […]

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Ideological Stalemate Over Organic Farming Slows Effort To Combat Food Insecurity In Central Africa

Written by ASNS in Rwanda http://www.africasciencenews.org/en/index.php/life-and-style/49-food/199-ideological-stalemate-over-organic-farming-slows-effort-to-combat-food-insecurity-in-central-africa The polarised debate over the use of organic and inorganic practices to boost farm yields is slowing action and widespread farmer adoption of approaches that could radically transform Africa’s food security situation, according to a group of leading international scientists meeting in Kigali this week. “The ideological divide over approaches to farm production are […]

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Keeping MSP Paddy ,Soybean and cotton unchanged is unjust with distressed Farmers

Nagpur -27th October 2011 The recent decision of union Govt. to keep Minimum Support Price MSP fro ruby season 2011-12 unchanged ignoring the demand of urgent upward revision from Maharashtra, Gujarat, Punjab and Andhra Govt. is grave unjust to more than 2 billion debt trapped Indian farmers who are under severe economic crisis due sudden crop failure and hike in […]

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Documentary on Vidarbha Agrarian Crisis ‘Cotton for my shroud’ won Gold at the IDPA Awards-2011

Documentary on Vidarbha Agrarian Crisis ‘Cotton for my shroud’ won Gold at the IDPA Awards-2011 and Nominated for the Vatavaran Environment and Wildlife Film Festival-2011 Nagpur -26th October 2011 The story of the cotton farmers suicides of Vidarbha produced as documentary film ‘Cotton for my shroud’ by Top Quark Films and directed by Nandan Saxena & Kavita Bahl has been […]

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The Very Thin Red Line -poverty line

A disturbing look at how poor we really are and the questions we should actually be asking. By Revati Laul, Tehelka Magazine, http://www.tehelka.com/story_main50.asp?filename=Ne081011Thin.asp  I DON’T REMEMBER ever eating an apple in my childhood,” remarks an angry Amitabh Kundu, sitting in his office at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, where he teaches economics. He was reacting to two numbers— Rs 32 and Rs […]

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Pesticide (Endosulfan) Levels in the Bone Marrow of Children with Hematological Malignancies

Indian Pediatr. 2011 Jul 30. pii: S09747559INPE1000071-1. [Epub ahead of print] Pesticide (Endosulfan) Levels in the Bone Marrow of Children with Hematological Malignancies. http://www.indianpediatrics.net/RP300511/RP-71.pdf Rau A, Coutinho A, Avabratha KS, Rau AR, Warrier RP. Source Department of Pediatrics, MS Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore; * Department of Pediatrics, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore; ** Department of Pediatrics, Fr Muller Medical College, Mangalore; […]

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Addressing India’s hunger gap

THE DEVELOPMENT DEBATE The word ‘hunger’ does not appear in the 12th Plan Approach Paper even once, whereas according to the latest Global Hunger Index Report, India continues to be in the category of those nations where hunger is ‘alarming’. What is worse, India is one of the three countries where the hunger index between 1996 and 2011 has gone […]

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