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The Business as Usual Scenario vs Freezing the Footprint of Food

Also watch video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=039ABvaUaMA recorded 19th November 2009. Download the talk Jason Clay ran a family farm, taught at Harvard and Yale, worked at the US Department of Agriculture and spent more than 25 years working with human rights and environmental organizations before joining the World Wildlife Fund in 1999. Now, as Senior Vice President of Market Transformation at WWF, Clay influences the way governments, foundations, researchers, and NGOs identify and address risks and opportunities for their work. He brings people together to improve environmentally sensitive practices in agriculture and aquaculture. In his Food for Thought lecture, Jason focuses on creating global standards for producing and processing raw materials from […]

Companies had failed to surrender their registration certificates despite letters being sent to them by CIBRC.

Soon after the Supreme Court ordered the interim ban on endosulfan on May 13, the agriculture ministry issued letters to the different departments, the following day, for the compliance of the nation wide ban. Licensing Officers and Insecticides Inspectors were issued orders to implement the ban. Letters were sent to the Central Insecticides Board and Registration Committee (CIBRC) and the directorate of plant protection among other departments to ensure that there is an immediate ban on manufacture, sale and use of the pesticides. As it turns out, the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, in a letter dated May 18, had directed all pesticide manufacturers association to direct all registrants of […]

Endosulfan ban leaves HIL in the lurch

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/cities/kochi/endosulfan-ban-leaves-hil-lurch-995 With a countrywide endosulfan ban looming, Hindustan Insecticides Limited (HIL), a major manufacturer of the controversial pesticide, may struggle for survival. One of the few profit-making government enterprises, HIL earns 50% of its revenue from the sale of endosulfan. Rights groups and political and civil organisations had been demanding a blanket ban on the pesticide that killed several people in the state’s Wayanad and Kasargod districts. The Supreme Court’s recent directive against production and use of endosulfan and the Centre’s agreement on a conditional ban on the pesticide at the recent Stockholm convention have almost sealed the fate of manufacturers. HIL, which employs more than 500 people, however, is […]

CSE welcomes Supreme Court ban on endosulfan

Calls it a ‘resounding defeat’ for pesticide industry which has been promoting this deadly toxin http://www.cseindia.org/content/cse-welcomes-supreme-court-ban-endosulfan New Delhi, May 13, 2011: Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has welcomed today’s Supreme Court order banning the use, sale, production and export of endosulfan with immediate effect. This landmark judgment comes on the heels of India’s grudging acceptance at the Stockholm Convention that endosulfan is a serious health hazard and that it should be banned. Says CSE director general Sunita Narain: “We congratulate the judiciary of the country and thank it – the judgement has restored our faith in democracy. We also congratulate the civil society organisations in Kerala which have been […]

ఎండోసల్ఫాన్ పైన అంతర్జాతీయ నిషేధం: ఆలోచించాలిసిన విషయాలు

ఎండోసల్ఫాన్ అనే అత్యంత ప్రమాదకరమైన రసాయినిక పురుగు మందును అంతర్జాతీయంగా నిషేదించాలని ఈ రోజు (29 ఏప్రిల్, 2011) స్విట్జర్లాండ్ దేశంలోని జెనీవ నగరంలో జరిగిన సమావేశంలో నిర్ణయించారు. స్టాక్ హోమ్ ఒప్పందంలో భాగంగా జరిగిన చర్చల తరువాత ఈ నిర్ణయం వెలువడింది. పర్యావరణ వాదులు మరియు ఆరోగ్యకరమైన వాతావరణం కొరకు పని చేస్తున్న వ్యక్తులు మరియు సంస్థలు ఈ నిర్ణయాన్ని స్వాగతించాయి. ఎండోసల్ఫాన్ వాడకం వలన కేరళ, కర్ణాటక తదితర రాష్ట్రాలలో అనేక మంది అనారోగ్యం పాలు కావటం జరిగింది. వేల మంది ప్రజలు బుద్ధి మాంద్యం, పుట్టిన శిశువులలో అంగవైకల్యం మరియు క్యాన్సర్ బారిన పడ్డారు. అనేక మంది మహిళలు మరియు అమ్మల ఆవేదనకు ఈ నిర్ణయం ప్రతిస్పందన. ఈ నిర్ణయం రైతులకు ఎంతో మేలు చేస్తుంది. వారిని ప్రమాదం నుంచి తప్పిస్తుంది. ఎండోసల్ఫాన్ నిషేధం వలన ఆర్థిక నష్టం నుంచి విముక్తి లబిస్తుంది. ఈ నిర్ణయం జరగకుండ కొన్ని పరిశ్రమ వర్గాలు, కొంత మంది నాయకులు మరియు మన కేంద్ర వ్యవసాయ శాఖా మంత్రి […]

India opposing Endosulfan ban at Stockholm Convention

http://www.hindu.com/2010/10/13/stories/2010101359230100.htm Roy Mathew Many deaths in Kasaragod owing to poisoning caused by the chemical The sixth meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants’ Review Committee of the Stockholm Convention in progress in Geneva on Monday. THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Governments here and abroad are watching India’s stand on Endosulfan at the sixth meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants’ Review Committee (POPRC) of the Stockholm Convention that began in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday. While most of the governments represented at the Stockholm Convention are taking stands in favour of a global ban on Endosulfan, India is opposing it. The Kerala government has demanded a ban on the pesticide with Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan and Forest […]

Assault on farming: Punjab Government ties with Syngenta

UMENDRA DUTT Tuesday, 16 September 2008 Now it is understandable that government machinery in Punjab is more worried to offer market to MNCs rather then serving the genuine interests of farmers. Recently a Punjab government agency Markfed has signed a MoU with Syngenta to provide agrochemicals and its right practices on farmers’ doorstep. This indicates that either the government officials do not have understanding of real crisis of farmers or they do not want to understand it. There is a strong third possibility also that Marked and its parent department wants to serve MNCs only sans the poor farmers. Kheti Virasat Mission-KVM deplores this move of Markfed. The will prove […]

Green revolution's cancer train

  Pesticides and cancer: a murderous concoction, a massive environmental and health disaster, while people are dying in village after village of PunjabBy Sandeep Yadav Faridkot/MuktsarDespite the relentless suffering, 41-year-old Karamjeet Kaur is not scared of death. Member of a proud, landed family in Kotbhai village in district Muktsar, this mother of three has been diagnosed with uterus cancer. The revelation has brought no change in her daily chores, except that she has to travel long distance for periodic check-ups at the Acharya Tulsi Regional Cancer Treatment and Research Centre, at Bikaner, in Rajasthan. Her hair has turned white due to illness and heavy medicines, and her face is weary […]

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