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Baba Ramdev demands a shift to Sustainable Agriculture

Swami Baba Ramdev is calling a fast from 4th June onwards against Corruption and Black Money Hoarding.  Sustainable Agriculture and related matters are in his major demands ( in his main letter to the Prime Minister).  Today, Swami, Acharya Balakrishna and Devinder Sharma along with others in his team was invited for a discussion with Cabinet ministers led by Pranab Mukherjee.  Kapil Sibal, Pawan Bansal and Subhodh Kant sahai and the Cabinet Secretary was also there for the discussion.  Today Swamiji’s team presented the demands.  Devinder presented the demands on agriculture.  The following are broadly the demands on agriculture Land Acquistion 1. No Agriculture Land should be acquired for non-agri […]

Report of Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter

Download the report The reinvestment in agriculture, triggered by the 2008 food price crisis, is essential to the concrete realization of the right to food. However, in a context of ecological, food and energy crises, the most pressing issue regarding reinvestment is not how much, but how. This report explores how States can and must achieve a reorientation of their agricultural systems towards modes of production that are highly productive, highly sustainable and that contribute to the progressive realization of the human right to adequate food. Drawing on an extensive review of the scientific literature published in the last five years, the Special Rapporteur identifies agroecology as a mode of agricultural development which not only shows strong conceptual connections […]

Organic farming – India’s future perfect?

Nishika Patel A budding interest in organic food offers farmers soaring incomes and higher yields, but critics say it’s not the answer to India’s fast-rising food demands An Indian farm labourer displays a cabbage grown on an organic farm in India’s Gujarat state. Photograph: Sam Panthaky/AFP/Getty Images India’s struggling farmers are starting to profit from a budding interest in organic living. Not only are the incomes of organic farmers soaring – by 30% to 200%, according to organic experts – but their yields are rising as the pesticide-poisoned land is repaired through natural farming methods. Organic farming only took off in the country about seven years ago. Farmers are turning […]

Organic farming can feed the world, U-M study shows

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Organic farming can yield up to three times as much food on individual farms in developing countries, as low-intensive methods on the same land—according to new findings which refute the long-standing claim that organic farming methods cannot produce enough food to feed the global population. Researchers from the University of Michigan found that in developed countries, yields were almost equal on organic and conventional farms. In developing countries, food production could double or triple using organic methods, said Ivette Perfecto, professor at U-M’s School of Natural Resources and Environment, and one the study’s principal investigators. Catherine Badgley, research scientist in the Museum of Paleontology, is a co-author of […]

The modern farmer and (un)common sense

Anil Bhattarai FEB 22 – In 2004, Community Managed Sustainable Agriculture (CMSA) began with all of the 200 farming families in Punukula village of Khammam District of Andhra Pradesh, India. That year, they decided to stop using pesticides and chemical fertilisers and to adopt ecological management of the soil and production process. The yields did not decline, and for the first time, farmers did not have to borrow from moneylenders to pay for their cultivation expenses. Through active involvement of small and medium farmers, these practices spread like wildfire in the subsequent years. By early 2010, the number of farmers practicing the sustainable system had grown to over 318,000, and […]

We can end the Food Crisis

Press Release Via Campesina on world food day Technorati Tags: Food crisis,Food Sovereignty We can end the food crisis! (Maputo, October 15, 2008) We can only end the food crisis through the principles of food sovereignty and agroecology. This is the focus of the Vía Campesina in Maputo, as its 5th Congress gets underway with a Youth Assembly for rural youth from all over the world. There are many young people who want to start out in agriculture using agroecological farming methods, based on autonomous principles of sustainable production and local marketing of produce. Current policies, however, make this difficult, and favour industrial production methods. Today, the 16th of October, […]

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