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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, […]

India: Why property rights for women matter 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 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 […]

How Agribusiness Corporations are Pushing hard to Privatize and Monopolize our Seed – GRAIN

The world’s agribusiness corporations are pursuing their attempts to privatize and monopolize our seeds. Their goal is clear: they want to convert the millennial practice of plant breeding into a crime, for their own profit and nothing else. Latin America is one scene of such attacks on public property. Much of this corporate activity is being carried out under the aegis of an international convention known as UPOV, but not all of it – some Latin American governments have come up with farm-unfriendly provisions of their own devising, involving patents on biotechnology “events,” health standards, marketing standards, certification laws, various types of record keeping requirements, tax rules, the misnamed “good agricultural practices,” […]

మీర్ జాఫర్ ను తలదన్నిన ప్రభుత్వం: ప్రపంచ వ్యవసాయ సదస్సు పై సారంపల్లి మల్లారెడ్డి

Meer jafar nu taladannia prabutvam 25.10.13 ప్రపంచ వ్యవసాయ సదస్సు పై సారంపల్లి మల్లారెడ్డి

A pound of flesh to feed the poor: WTO and Indian Food Security Bill

Realising that New Delhi needs to clear its food security legislation at the WTO in time for the election, the West has sought increased market access in return for temporary relief A few months ago, the most optimistic observers of international politics were not willing to hedge their bets on the Doha Development Round at the World Trade Organisation. The Doha Round negotiations have been stalled for more than a decade now — the West would like developing countries to remove import barriers while India, Brazil and China want the United States and the European Union to reduce the massive subsidies they provide to rich farmers.Neither side has conceded ground […]

The WTO is destroying Indian farming Devinder Sharma The double standards are clear. In 2012, the US provided $100 billion for domestic food aid, up from the $95 billion it spent on feeding its 67 million undernourished population in 2010 including spending on food coupons and other supplementary nutrition programmes. In India, the Food Bill is expected to cost $20 billion and will feed an estimated 850 million people. Against an average supply of 358kg/person of subsidised food aid (including cereals) in the US every year, India promises to make available 60 kg/person in food entitlement. And yet, while the World Trade Organisation (WTO) is quiet on the subsidy being doled out in America for feeding […]

How can we grow more rice – with less land, water and pollution? Kritee / Published July 31, 2013 in Economics 35 5 (This post was co-authored by Richie Ahuja.) Rice feeds the world. It provides more calories to humans than any other food, and more than a billion people depend on rice cultivation for their livelihoods. In fact, rice is central to existence in many nations. For example, in 2008, when rice prices tripled, the World Bank estimated that an additional 100 million people were pushed into poverty. No wonder that changes in the price and availability of rice have caused social unrest in developing countries. To keep rice prices affordable as populations increase, the International Rice Research Institute estimates that anadditional 8-10 million tons of rice will […]

The whole paradigm of the genetic engineering technology is based on a misunderstanding  Vancouver Sun April 29, 2013 Dr. Thierry Vrain Courtenay  [ re:  Genetically modified food is welcome innovation by Lorne Hepworth President, CropLife Canada ] I retired 10 years ago after a long career as a research scientist for Agriculture Canada. When I was on the payroll, I was the designated scientist of my institute to address public groups and reassure them that genetically engineered crops and foods were safe. I don’t know if I was passionate about it but I was knowledgeable.  I defended the side of technological advance, of science and progress. I have in the last 10 years changed my position.  I started paying attention to the flow […]

Local seeds best bet against climate change S. POORVAJA SHARE  ·   COMMENT   ·   PRINT   ·   T+ The HinduA paddy field at Pannaikudi in Madurai district. Photo: S. James They need less water, no fertilizer and hardly any care or attention Climate change has spawned debate as well as initiatives such as planting saplings, cultivating kitchen gardens, household energy conservation and so on. At the grassroots level, a few farmers are doing their bit to preserve traditional and local varieties of seeds. “These farmers are commonly called ‘Custodian farmers’. They preserve traditional seeds and make sure that they don’t disappear amongst the variety of hybrid seeds available in the market which farmers prefer because of the promise of high yield,” says M. Palanisamy, […]

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