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Linux for Lettuce: On Open Souce Seed Initiative Revolutionizing American agribusiness from the ground up, one seed at a time. From a distance, Jim Myers looks like an ordinary farmer. Most autumn mornings, he stands thigh-deep in a field of wet broccoli, beheading each plant with a single, sure swipe of his harvest knife. But under his waders are office clothes, and… Continue reading »

Children exposed to toxic pesticides

by kim willsher Kids being poisoned: Pesticides sprayed in French farms and vineyards are being absorbed by children living nearby, claims the group Generations Futures. -AFP A study shows that several children from agricultural areas in France have been exposed to harmful chemicals. French children in agricultural areas are being exposed to a dangerous… Continue reading »

‘Climate Smart’ Farms Key To Feeding The World Beth Hoffman, Forbes | February 7, 2014 A family in Orissa, India plants ‘climate smart’ rice using a System of Rice Intensification. Photo by Beth Hoffman.   The bad news is that it looks like climate change is here to stay.  The good news is that there are a number of cost effective, sustainable… Continue reading »

Unemployment among rural youth at highest level since 93-94

Unemployment among rural youth at highest level since 93-94 In rural areas, Kerala had the worst record with 21.7% of its youth unemployed followed by Assam with about 15% Kirthi.V.Rao Rural unemployment was about 4.7% for both rural males and females in 2009-10. In 1993-94, 3.5% of rural young men in the labour… Continue reading »

Myths and realities of Gujarat Agriculture: various articles

Myths and realities of Gujarat Agriculture: various articles

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Land location overrides fertility; threat to food security: Study

Farmers engaged in agriculture on fertile land which has locational advantages get lower economic returns from agriculture Press Trust of India  |  <news:geo_locations>New Delhi  January 22, 2014 Last Updated at 19:06 IST With industrialisation, the location of a land overrides thefertility factors which may pose a threat to country’s food security problems, said a study released today. “Location of a land holding plays a… Continue reading »

India needs to export excess food grains AK RAMDAS | 15/01/2014 12:00 PM |    There is an urgent need to encourage corporate bodies to invest in building up the infrastructure facilities for storage and exports of food grains In order to support the Food Security Act, the Ministry of Agriculture has estimated that the essential foodgrains in India, to the extent of 53 million tonnes be… Continue reading »