Monthly Archives: January 2012

Farmers’ suicide on rise in Bengal; parties blame each other

by Manogya Loiwal January 04, 2012 http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/farmers-suicide-in-west-bengal-political-parties-blame-game/1/167132.html Farmers’ suicides have come back to haunt the West Bengal government. Unable to handle the rising inflation, several farmers have committed suicide recently. In some parts the agriculture produce is being set ablaze due to lack of basic storage facilities, pointing at the abysmal condition in the state…. Continue reading »

Woman files class action lawsuit against Frito-Lay for marketing genetically-modified snacks as ‘all natural’

January 05, 2012 by Jonathan Benson, staff writer http://www.naturalnews.com/034576_Frito-Lay_GMO_class_action_lawsuit.html#ixzz1ivjmEgp5 (NaturalNews) Many major food manufacturers have been on a kick to jump on the “all natural” bandwagon, with all sorts of processed food products now claiming to be healthy and free of artificial and synthetic ingredients. However, one such company, Frito-Lay, is the subject of a… Continue reading »

Bt or Not to Bt? Risk and Uncertainty Considerations in Technology Assessment

http://www.igidr.ac.in/pdf/publication/WP-2012-001.pdf Srijit Mishra & Sarthak Gaurav IGIDR The acreage under the transgenic Bt cotton seeds in India has risen significantly since its legalization in the year 2002. Discussions on the advantages from the technology have focused on increments in productivity and income, without much analysis on risk. We point out that claims on productivity gains… Continue reading »

Watch Rytu Swarajya Vedhika and TV9 Round Table on Youtube-updated

Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycpcnOgn1KY&feature=relmfu Part 1 contd http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FoQ5fdkSMc&feature=related Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMdt7RMvMHY&feature=relmfu Part 2 contd http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPOkZUm8jbE&feature=related Part 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rooGvDSIPhc&feature=related Part 4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_fj-ck2YYA&feature=related Part 5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfWeGmeNLng&feature=related Part 6 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOnxyKCAdik&feature=related Part 7 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yen9K55f1_o&feature=related Part 8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaRxXb6hupU&feature=related Part 9 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BN5d8sJRJhg&feature=related Part 10 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BN5d8sJRJhg&feature=related

Over 290 farmers died in past three months: HRF

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/over-290-farmers-died-in-past-three-months-hrf/219091-60-121.html HYDERABAD: The Human Rights Forum has urged the state government to formulate a comprehensive Drought Relief Code to provide effective drought relief and mitigation. “Such a code is imperative because governments continue to exhibit an adhoc nature and tokenism in providing relief towards droughthit people,” HRF general secretary VS Krishna and secretary Anwar said… Continue reading »

BRIEF ON THE NATIONAL MISSION FOR SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE (NMSA)

2010 draft A. Mission Objectives • To devise strategic plans at the agro-climatic zone level so that action plans are contextualised to regional scales in the areas of research and development (R&D), technology and practices, infrastructure and capacity building • To enhance agricultural productivity through customised interventions such as use of bio-technology to develop improved… Continue reading »

Watch discussion on ‘Farmers suicides and Way forward’ on TV9 from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm on sunday 8th January

Watch discussion on Farmers Suicides and Way forward on TV9 from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm live from Jubilee hall, Hyderabad on this sunday 8th January.  Participants include leaders of various political parties, Journalist P. Sainath, Farmers and Rytu Swarajya Vedhika members. The Round Table is jointly organised by Rytu Swarajya Vedhika and TV9

No therapy in retail: Vandana Siva

The entry of big corporations into the food chain pushes up retail costs and decreases the share of the farmer. Last Modified: 06 Jan 2012 13:46 As a commodity, food is divorced from its sources – the seeds, the soil, the farmer [EPA] New Delhi, India – In November 2011, when the UPA government announced that it had cleared the… Continue reading »

Farmer suicides: South India leads list of shame

http://expressbuzz.com/nation/farmer-suicides-south-india-leads-list-of-shame/350158.html NEW DELHI: Saving Tamil Nadu, the three South Indian states account for the maximum number of farmers’ suicides in the country in the last three years. Out of the total 3,160 farmers’ suicides reported from 2009 to 2011, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala alone account for about 1,800 suicides, as per the details collated… Continue reading »