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one day workshop on Strengthening Local Economies in Times of Global Economic Crisis’ by NAPM

NAPM -AP Chapter is organising a one day workshop on –  “Strengthening Local Economies in Times of Global Economic Crisis” Date – 05-May-2012          Time – 10am to 5.30pm Venue – Cellar 1, Sundarayya Vigyana Kendram, Baghlingampally, Hyderabad Background – In the context of the current Global Economic Crisis we are faced with new challenges. The mainstream economists continue to harp on free markets, integrated globalised economic models as the answer and seek more liberalization, reforms and access to markets; which are in reality leading to increased price inflation, increased volatility and vulnerability of local markets due to global / external events. This is also leading to […]

Fact finding report on farmers suicides in Mahaboobnagar by HRF

S No Cr PC & PS Deceased Details Family Details Date of death Land and Debt Details Details mentioned in FIR Our report Contact numbers Jadcherla 3 41/11 A Ramakrishna, s/o Ramachandraiah, 32 yrs, C/Golla, Occ: Agril, r/o Nekkonda Village of Jadcherla mandal 20.01.2011 3 acres own land, 3 acres lease, Rs 164000 amount expended on cotton crops He was suffering from financila crisis due to debts and attempted suicide by consuming insecticide poison on 14.1.2011 at 1000 hrs at his home and He died at OGH, Hyd. Informant: wife, mother and others; Wife: Mamata; 2 girl children (4 yrs; 13 months); took 15 acres on lease; no irrigation facility; […]

Can Economy prevail over Ecology? April 17, 2012: There are times when the government needlessly brings upon itself the embarrassment of a reminder from one of its own agencies, of a responsibility it has forgotten or ignored. Set against its context, that reminder constitutes censure of neglect and, indirectly but no less potently, of an opportunity lost to retain the moral ground that has been rapidly slipping from under its feet. Recently, a media report stated that in response to an appeal by a resident of Kerala, the Chief Information Commissioner, Mr Shailesh Gandhi, has directed the Ministry of Environment and Forestry to make public the report on the Western Ghats submitted last August, […]

Mahyco’s clarification on the story ‘A Decade of Bt Hype’ carried on Agrarian Crisis

  April 18, 2012 To, The Editor, Indian Agrarian Crisis Secunderabad. This is with reference to your story titled ‘A decade of Bt hype’ that published in your site  on April 17, 2012. We would like to bring to your notice that the first paragraph of your story mentions that Mahyco is an Indian subsidiary of Monsanto which is factually incorrect. Mahyco is not an Indian subsidiary of Monsanto. Monsanto only has a minority stake of 26% in Mahyco. We feel that an error of this nature are detrimental to Mahyco’s business as it is a reputed Indian company. I am sure you will appreciate the sensitivity involved and publish the correction at the earliest. […]

Investing in ecosystem services is vital for food security 14 September 2011   |   Permalink  An ecosystems-based approach to food production could result in more efficient water use to meet growing demand. Photo: N. Palmer/CIAT The intensification of food production often causes pollution that can put biodiversity and pollination at risk and lead to soil erosion. A more intelligent and balanced approach to agricultural practices needs to be taken to meet the needs of the growing population – predicted to rise by more than 25% by 2050 – increasing demand on resources. A new report ‘An Ecosystems Services Approach to Water and Food Security’ highlights this need for change, calling for an ecosystems-based approach as a way to help restore balance […]

Genetically modified corn affects its symbiotic relationship with non-target soil organisms

Experimental evidence reveals a reduction in arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal colonization of Bt corn  IMAGE: Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) colonizing corn (Zea mays) roots as viewed with a compound light microscope (400x). Roots were cleared with 10 percent KOH and stained with 0.05 percent trypan… Click here for more information. An increasing number of crops commercially grown today are genetically modified (GM) to resist insect pests and/or tolerate herbicides. Although Btcorn is one of the most commonly grown GM crops in the United States, little is known about its effects on the long-term health of soils. Although there are many benefits to using biotechnology in agriculture, such as potentially reducing insecticide use, there […]

SSI: Case studies from field

This publication has been compiled with inputs from the experiences of thousands of SSI farmers from different states of India. These stories clearly demonstrate that it is possible to produce sugarcane differently with less inputs and get more yields by following the various SSI practices. The information presented here indicates that: (a) the seed material can be significantly decreased, (b) wide spacing increases the production, (c) water savings can be substantial and (d) short duration intercrops will open whole new opportunities for farmers in increasing the income and improving the soil fertility. Download link:

A decade of Bt hype K P Prabhakaran Nair 17 April 2012 In August 2002, the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (rechristened Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee) was manipulated by Monsanto and its Indian subsidiary Maharashtra Hybrid Seed Company, albeit through the back door, with clandestine support from vested interests in the scientific community and open support of a vocal Rajya Sabha Member. The GEAC then granted approval for the commercial cultivation of the first “Bollgard” I cotton in India, the very first genetically engineered crop in the country. At the time I wrote an article, “Bt Cotton – Boon or Bane?” (The Hindu Business Line), which elicited spectacular enthusiasm from the reading public in India […]

Pesticide Exposure in Womb Affects I.Q.

By TARA PARKER-POPE, Editor Pesticides on fruits, vegetables and other household products may lower a child’s I.Q. Babies exposed to high levels of common pesticides in the womb have lower I.Q. scores than their peers by the time they reach school age, according to three new studies. The research, based on data collected in New York and California from about 1,000 pregnant women and their babies, is certain to set off a new debate about the benefits of organic produce and the risks of chemicals found in the food supply and consumer products. The pesticides, called organophosphates, are commonly sprayed on food crops and are often used to control cockroaches and […]

Science as a new religion

November 13, 2011 by Sara I just got back from a trip to Berlin, and one of the most interesting discussions I had with friends there was about how science has become a new religious authority. While many people may not be aware of this, science is not a neutral or objective way of understanding the world. It, like all other discourses, is built on assumptions and presuppositions that were created by men at some point in time to suit the context they were in. Thus it is a politicized discourse, like all others, including religion. But this is not the story we get about science. What we hear is that […]

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