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Seeds of strife

http://www.downtoearth.org.in/node/1737 Author(s): Latha Jishnu Issue: Aug 31, 2010 The Seed Bill takes away states’ power to regulate seed prices, could lead to Centre-state confrontation Photos: Surya Sen IT WAS yet another meeting in a series that began six years ago. On July 28, close to 40 members of Parliament and state leaders met in Room 124 of Krishi Bhavan, the Delhi headquarters of the Ministry of Agriculture, in what seemed a last-ditch attempt to thrash out the contested points in a proposed law to regulate the seeds trade. The meeting was called by Minister for Agriculture Shared Pawar, who had put together the first draft of the Seed Bill in […]

Seeds under siege ( Published in www.d-sector.org)

By Pandurang Hegde 26 Apr 2010 International Seeds Day (April 26) reminds us of concerted attempts by the large seed corporations to destroy seed diversity of the world to expand their markets and profits. How can governments snatch growers’ rights over seeds? Following on heels of Earth Day (April 22) comes the International Seeds Day (April 26). But there is no doubt that it will not be celebrated in the United States and many countries in Europe. Neither will this be endorsed by the United Nations or Food and Agricultural Organisation. The reason is obvious; it is launched by common people, especially by the ordinary farmers in Iraq who lost […]

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