Monthly Archives: October 2011

Harvesting Discontent

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… Continue reading »

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… Continue reading »

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… Continue reading »

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… Continue reading »

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,… Continue reading »

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… Continue reading »