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Bhutan set to plough lone furrow as world’s first wholly organic country

By shunning all but organic farming techniques, the Himalayan state will cement its status as a paradigm of sustainability http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2013/feb/11/bhutan-first-wholly-organic-country?CMP=twt_fd Stooping to conquer … Already an overwhelmingly agrarian state, Bhutan is aiming to become the world’s first completely organic country. Photograph: Alamy Bhutan plans to become the first country in the world to turn its agriculture completely organic, banning the sales of pesticides and herbicides and relying on its own animals and farm waste for fertilisers. But rather than accept that this will mean farmers of the small Himalayan kingdom of 1.2 million people will be able to grow less food, the government expects them to be able to grow more […]

Desi by nature: on Albert Howard

http://www.timescrest.com/society/desi-by-nature-8267 Vikram Doctor | July 7, 2012 Albert Howard was a farmer’s son. He would become a famous agricultural scientist, with the resonant title of Imperial Economic Botanist, and be knighted, becoming Sir Albert, even to his wife in her biography of him. In the fiercely class conscious world of the British Empire he lived in, at the end of the 19th century and early 20th century, he might have been forgiven for concealing his modest origins under his undeniable success. But he didn’t. He was proud he came from a farming family, proud of his ability to handle livestock. He had a farmer’s practical ability to look at fields and see […]

Poison in Plate: Satyamev Jayate on Toxins in food and alternatives

Hindi version telecasted on 24th June.

From horse’s mouth: Bihar farmers best

Abdul Qadir, TNN | Jun 25, 2012, 03.45AM IST GAYA: It’s not often that a non-Bihari of repute hails Bihar and the whole nation, including Bollywood biggie Aamir Khan, cannot help but nod in the affirmative. The subject this time was not the ‘sushasan’, or good governance, of CM Nitish Kumar but two brainy Bihari farmers’ model of organic farming and giving them the pat of the superlative degree was none other than the Hyderabad-based Centre for Sustainable Agriculture’s executive director G V Ramanjaneyulu. The public applause of the feat of Bihar farmers, one of them being the Bihar CM’s namesake and both hailing from, again coincidentally, from the CM’s […]

Organic rice cultivation transforming lives of Damoh farmers

The HinduThe longer organic variety of rice versus HYV variety. Photo: Mahim Pratap Singh Till last year, Shiv Singh, a landless labourer from the Pinarayi village of Damoh district knew of only one survival strategy-migrating to Delhi to earn his living as a construction worker. This year, with the Rs. 8,000 he had saved from his Delhi earnings, Shiv took a 3-acre piece of land on lease and grew rice on it. The harvest in September fetched him Rs.55,000 besides enough rice for his family to last for a year. But, unlike most success stories, his is not an isolated case. Several villages of Damoh, which was last in news […]

Corporate Crimes In the Cereal Aisle: How Companies Are Fooling You Into Thinking Their Products Are Healthy

Here’s the tricks that big breakfast barons use to fool you into believing their products are pesticide and GMO-free. October 26, 2011  | Download the report A trip to the supermarket is an adventure into a tempting and treacherous jungle. The insatiable hunger for a ready-made breakfast that nourishes our bodies and our social conscience has made our morning bowls of cereal a hiding place for corporate charlatans. A new report, Cereal Crimes, by the Cornucopia Institute discloses the toxic truth about “natural” products and unmasks corporate faces like Kellogg’s hiding behind supposedly “family-run” businesses such as Kashi. When these breakfast barons forage for profit, we eaters are the prey. But what are the laws […]

Indian Organic firms expect to beat slowdown

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/india-emerging/indian-organic-firms-expect-to-beat-slowdown/articleshow/9655159.cms 19 Aug, 2011, 04.01AM IST, radhika nair,ET Bureau Indian Organic firms expect to beat slowdownDespite the looming threat of a global economic slowdown, India’s organic entrepreneurs are upbeat on the prospects for an emerging industry. In an industry long dependent on exports, these firms are now finding that rising consumption of organic products by middle class Indians is creating a brand new market opportunity. Rajashekar Reddy Seelam, founder of Sresta Natural Bioproducts, which sells under the brand 24 Letter Mantra is planning to increase acreage under organic cultivation. “We intend to invest around $15 million next year,” said Reddy. Since 2004, when the company was launched, the firm has […]

Non-Organic Chicken Is Creating Drug-Resistant Diseases

Even if you don’t care about the environment or animal welfare, you should care about this: The antibiotics conventional farms pump into their birds results in deadly bacteria that doesn’t respond to normal treatment. Forget whether it tastes better or is nicer to the bird. Non-organic chickens are a public health issue. You may not believe that organic meat has significant environmental or health benefits, but a new study claims that organic poultry farms have lower levels of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. And as soon as conventional poultry farms switch to organic processes, there are immediate drops in levels of drug-resistant enterococcus, a kind of bacteria that can cause meningitis and other […]

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