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Stop Pesticide Poisonings: Time travel through international pesticide policies (2nd edition)

A new edition of the popular PAN Germany publication “Stop Pesticide Poisonings! A time travel through international pesticide policies” is now available at: http://www.pan-germany.org/download/Stop_Pesticide_Poisonings_131212.pdf It takes the reader on a quick journey through the years since pesticide poisonings in developing countries first came to international attention. It highlights the global efforts to solve pesticide-related problems, and looks behind the statements and statistics of dangerous pesticide use and poisonings in developing countries. The key message of Stop Pesticide Poisonings is that “safe use of highly hazardous pesticides” is not possible, especially in developing countries. It suggests the urgent need for a progressive ban of highly hazardous pesticides, while phasing in sustainable, ecosystem-based plant […]

7 lakh Indians died of cancer last year: WHO

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/7-lakh-Indians-died-of-cancer-last-year-WHO/articleshow/27317742.cms Download the report: http://www.iarc.fr/en/publications/pdfs-online/wcr/2008/wcr_2008.pdf LONDON: Nearly seven lakh Indians die ofcancer every year, while over 10 lakh are newly diagnosed with some form of the disease. According to the latest World Cancer Report from the World Health Organisation (WHO), more women in India are being newly diagnosed with cancer annually. As against 4.77 lakh men, 5.37 lakh women were diagnosed with cancer in India in 2012. In terms of cancer deaths, the mortality rate among men and women in India is almost the same. While 3.56 lakh men died of cancer in 2012 in India, the corresponding number for women was 3.26 lakh. One in every 10 Indians runs the risk of getting […]

India: Direct cash transfers is aimed at dismantling food procurement, and moving away from food self-sufficiency.

#DevinderSharma Some weeks back, I was participating in a panel discussion on cash transfers on a national TV channel. While the discussion wheeled around the merits and demerits of cash transfer, I think the anchor was taken by surprise when I said that cash transfers is in effect a ‘cash-for-vote’ programme. Supporting my argument with a World Bank study for Latin America, I found the entire focus of the discussion thereafter shifting to whether the real intention behind the aggressive push for cash transfers is aimed at the 2014 elections. While the media as well as most panellists who frequent the TV channels, for some strange reasons, were and are […]

Indian scientific community for stopping open air releases of GMOs –

Highlights growing scientific evidence on adverse impacts  New Delhi, 21st November, 2013: At a time when the debate around Genetically Modified (GM) crops in the country is heating up, hundreds of Indian scientists have written to the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, asking him to ensure that Government of India heeds to the voice of science and accepts the recommendations in the final report of the independent scientists in the Supreme Court Technical Expert Committee. They also urged for the stopping of all open air releases of GMOs in the country, as recommended by the majority TEC report. The letter initiated by five leading scientists from the fields of Molecular Biology, […]

Highlights growing scientific evidence on adverse impacts of GM crops

Highlights growing scientific evidence on adverse impacts of GM crops  New Delhi, 21st November, 2013: At a time when the debate around Genetically Modified (GM) crops in the country is heating up, hundreds of Indian scientists have written to the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, asking him to ensure that Government of India heeds to the voice of science and accepts the recommendations in the final report of the independent scientists in the Supreme Court Technical Expert Committee. They also urged for the stopping of all open air releases of GMOs in the country, as recommended by the majority TEC report. The letter initiated by five leading scientists from the fields […]

How Roundup weedkiller can promote cancer, new study from India reveals

1. How Roundup weedkiller can promote cancer, new study reveals Sayer Ji GreenMedInfo, 11 Nov 2013 http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/how-roundup-weedkiller-can-promote-cancer-new-study-reveals-1?page=1 [Links to sources and graphics included at weblink above] Roundup herbicide (glyphosate) is in our air, rain, groundwater, soil and most food in the U.S., and an increasing body of research reveals it has cancer-promoting properties. Researchers from the Indian Institute of Toxicology Research have recently confirmed the carcinogenic potential of Roundup herbicide using human skin cells (HaCaT) exposed to extremely low concentrations of the world’s best selling herbicide. The researchers previously reported on glyphosate’s tumor promoting potential in a two-stage mouse skin carcinogenesis model[i] through its disruption of proteins that regulate calcium […]

roundwater Collectivization for Sustainable Agriculture in Drought Prone Areas – a case study in Kummaravandla Palli village of Anantapur district, Andhra Pradesh

a case study “Groundwater Collectivization for Sustainable Agriculture in Drought Prone Areas – a case study in Kummaravandla Palli village of Anantapur district, Andhra Pradesh, authored by G. Sreedhar, G. Shankar Reddy, D. Dadabi and Y. Giri Prasad, Professor, and Project Fellows, UGC SAP and Research Scholar, respectively, in the Department of Rural Development & Social Work, S.K. University, Anantapur district. https://www.dropbox.com/s/xpffvlqxzgrhi6a/Ground%20Water%20Colletivization%20Initiative-A%20Case%20Study-GS-05042013.pdf If you have any comments, please feel free to contact Dr. G. Greedhar at gsreedharsku@gmail.com.

CSA complaint on Illegal spread of Herbicide Tolerant cotton

Dr. G. V. Ramanjaneyulu Executive Director To                                                                                                                                           Hyderabad The Commissioner Agriculture                                                                                   8th November, 2013 Department of Agriculture Government of Andhra Pradesh   Dear Sir Sub: Illegal sales of Herbicide Tolerant Cotton in Srikakulam Dist –reg Greetings from Centre for Sustainable Agriculture! CSA is actively working across the state in promoting sustainable agriculture. During one of our field visits to srikakulam district, we came across cultivation of herbicide tolerant cotton in tribal belts of seethampet mandal of srikakulam dist. Seeds were sold by a person named Nagireddy from Guntur and the brand name of the seed is KALPAVRIKSHA.  The cover has no address and name of the supplier (empty packet attached). […]

India: Why property rights for women matter

http://southasia.oneworld.net/features/india-why-property-rights-for-women-matter#.UnzjXYVvA7B Bina Agarwal/Women’s Features Service   Nov 07, 2013 For women, effective rights in property are critically important, not just for their economic well-being but also for their political and social empowerment, writes Bina Agarwal. Delhi: Bina Agarwal is a prize-winning development economist and Professor of Development Economics and Environment at the University of Manchester. Earlier, she was Director, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi. Her work, ‘A Field of One’s Own: Gender and Land Rights’ in South Asia, came out in 1994. She also spearheaded a successful campaign for the comprehensive amendment of the Hindu Succession Act, 1956, which resulted in the enactment of the Hindu Succession (Amendment) Act, 2005. In […]

Community managed system sows the seeds of success

http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/community-managed-system-sows-the-seeds-of-success/article5322435.ece M. J. PRABU SHARE  ·   COMMENT   ·   PRINT   ·   T+ Special ArrangementPRODUCTION: A total of 2,888 acres of seed production was taken up in 183 villages with more than 2,000 farmers. TOPICS  Agriculture science and technology agricultural research and technology This model helped many growers get access to good quality seeds Like many other farmers across the country, preserving and using seeds is a major issue for Andhra Pradesh groundnut cultivators. In Anantapur district, farmers mostly grow groundnut. The crop diversity in this region earlier included many dryland crops like sorghum, finger millet, pearl millet, foxtail millet and groundnut. Farmers used to grow various crops and groundnut was alternated between red gram, coriander, sesame, sorghum […]

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