Monthly Archives: April 2012

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… Continue reading »

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… Continue reading »

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… Continue reading »

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… Continue reading »

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… Continue reading »

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… Continue reading »

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… Continue reading »