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India and Foreign Hand

 Indian toiling people like the peasants, workers, Adivasis and dalits have suffered the cruellest aspects of the foreign hand. The deceit, sadism and the helplessness of a colonized people cannot be worse when the British imperialists under the premiership of Winston Churchill diverted grain for British war abroad, resulting in the Great Bengal Famine where millions of people died of starvation. “We got a taste of foreign hand”. Hence, we really cannot forget the foreign hand and so we are still struggling to fight that foreign hand. Broad masses of the working people and other artisans cannot forget the fact now that their indigenous textile industries and other crafts were […]

Monsanto let off the hook on Bt Brinjal Monsanto let off the hook on Bt Brinjal

http://www.tehelka.com/story_main51.asp?filename=Ne250212Monsanto.asp CURRENT AFFAIRS KARNATAKA Despite violating the Biodiversity Act, American seed major escapes legal action, reports Imran Khan Bad genes Farmers protest against Monsanto in Bengaluru AFTER GUNNING for American seed major Monsanto and its Indian subsidiary Mahyco for violating the Biological Diversity Act in the Bt Brinjal case, the Karnataka State Bio-diversity Board has decided not to prosecute the violators. ALSO READ The Gene Gun At Your Head ‘Go Aheads Came On Monsanto’s Data’ The decision was taken on 20 January while reviewing the complaint of Bengaluru based Environment Support Group (ESG) against Monsanto, Mahyco and the University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Dharwad, accusing them of violating norms by illegally accessing six […]

“FAO recognition of traditional farming should keep GM away”

The traditional agricultural system of Koraput (Odisha) has been recognized by the FAO as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Site (GIAHS) at the recently concluded 99th Science Congress. This recognition is for outstanding contribution to promoting food security, biodiversity, indigenous knowledge and cultural diversity for sustainable and equitable development. Living Farms is a non profit working in the Koraput region of Odisha with the tribal communities practicing the traditional form of agriculture. Debjeet Sarangi of Living Farms spoke the to The Environment Health Bulletin and explains what this recognition means for the region. What does this recognition by the FAO mean for agriculture in the Koraput region ? The recognition […]

Protecting Oryza in Odisha

by Shalini Bhutani | December 07, 2011 The eastern Indian state of Odisha is regarded as the place of origin of Oryza sativa, the plant species commonly known as rice. In fact, many believe that Odisha even got its name from the term “oryza”. Now however, Odisha is fast becoming the centre of action on intellectual property rights on rice in India. The Delhi-based national Protection of Plant Variety Authority has started a massive rice varieties registration initiative with the State Government of Odisha. Plant variety protection (“PVP”) is a type of intellectual property. PVP laws grant economic rights known as plant breeder rights (“PBR”) to breeders vis-a-vis the new, distinct, uniform, and stable […]

The native seed man

Tej Prakash Yadav, OneWorld South Asia 12 November 2011 Veteran activist and farmer Vijay Jardhari is on a mission to preserve India’s native seeds in the hills of Uttarakhand. In times of fast waning traditional agricultural practices, his efforts aim to restore the nutritional value of food grains and reduce food insecurity. OneWorld: The Beej Bachao Aandolan aims to make farmers self-sufficient through traditional agricultural practices. What made you start this campaign in Uttarakhand? Vijay Jardhari: The real source of inspiration is the Chipko Movement with which I was associated. Chipko movement had a slogan “kya hain jungle ke upkar? Mitti, paani aur bayar, jinda rahne ke aadhar” (What are favours of forest upon us? Soil, […]

Intellectual Property, Agriculture and Global Food Security

    Read online http://www.iddri.org/Publications/Publications-scientifiques-et-autres/Intellectual-Property,Agriculture-and-Global-Food-Security Description ‘This thoughtful book raises important issues about ownership of agricultural resources, the environment and food security. Claudio Chiarolla has written an important book that challenges traditional notions of plant genetic resources and agricultural research. The author’s detailed and thorough approach ensures that the book will make a valuable contribution to the debate about sustainable agricultural development and it is highly recommended to anyone interested in intellectual property rights and sustainable agriculture.’ – Duncan Matthews, Queen Mary, University of London, UK   ‘The instability of the global food supply system requires our urgent attention. There are no easy solutions but the starting point must entail […]

The world needs to let farmers recycle seeds

Shalini Bhutani The linkage between agriculture and environment is well understood. But not everything that is sold as good for agriculture is good for the environment! As more new untested agricultural technologies hit the market, risks for the environment rise too. New varieties of crops, high-yielding only if grown with  agricultural chemicals and abundant water, clearly have environmental implications. Similarly, potentially hazardous genetically engineered (GE) seeds may trigger irretrievable genetic change in agro ecological systems. Yet an environmental principle could well show the way forward for agriculture – that of recycling. Recycle means to cause to repeat a cycle. In industry it is the process by which used materials are […]

How do biodiversity and poverty relate? An explorative study

This study indicates that two intervals exist: biodiversity is being lost while human well-being is improved and poverty is initially reduced, and secondly, biodiversity loss is reaching a critical value whereby production drops and human well-being and poverty are both affected negatively. The first interval appears in non-vulnerable ecosystems, the second one in ‘brittle’ ecosystems where poverty is often concentrated. http://www.rivm.nl/bibliotheek/rapporten/555050004.pdf

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