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Toxic legacy: Nitrate pollution in California could affect 260,000 people

Author(s): Swetha Manian http://www.downtoearth.org.in/content/toxic-legacy Issue: Apr 30, 2012 Nitrate contamination has grown worse in agricultural areasTHOUGH nitrogen and nitrates occur naturally, they are at levels that do not harm. But concern is increasing about high concentrations of nitrogen leaching into aquifers from synthetic fertilisers and manure applied to cropland, resulting in nitrate pollution. High-nitrate levels can cause cancer, reproductive disorders and can be lethal for infants. Now a study has shown how nitrate contamination of groundwater in some of California’s most intensely farmed regions has grown worse in recent decades. The contamination will continue to spread, threatening the drinking water supplies of more than 260,000 people, it says. The team from UC […]

Importing Disaster: India’s power elite is still seeking US solutions for our problems despite the havoc they have wreaked upon American society

http://www.downtoearth.org.in/content/importing-disaster Author: Latha Jishnu Posted on: 29 Dec, 2011 India’s power elite is still seeking US solutions for our problems despite the havoc they  have wreaked upon American society Photo: Franco FoliniMany decades ago when my generation was in its early teens and was captivated by the Merseyside beat of the Beatles along with bell-bottom pants of that era, disapproving elders told us that we were mindlessly aping the West. As far as I can see, dalliance with the rock music of the Liverpool Fabulous Four did us little harm—either in the appreciation of own music or in our outlook and values, much less in our dress sense. But “aping the West” […]

Arkanas Court Affirms $50M Verdict for Rice Farmers affected by GM contamination

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/ark-court-affirms-50m-verdict-rice-farmers-15114281#.Tudznp0b_z5 By JEANNIE NUSS Associated Press LITTLE ROCK, Ark. December 8, 2011 (AP)     The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday affirmed a nearly $50 million verdict for farmers who say they lost money because a company’s genetically altered rice seeds contaminated the food supply and drove down crop prices. Bayer, the German conglomerate whose Bayer CropScience subsidiary produced the seeds, had argued that Arkansas tort laws set a limit on punitive damages and that courts should set aside jury awards that “shock the conscience.” In the April 2010 verdict, a Lonoke County jury awarded $42 million in punitive damages and $5.9 million in actual damages. The company said a […]

Wikileaks on Bt Brinjal Decision making

Wikileaks on Bt Brinjal Decision making http://wikileaks.ch/cable/2010/02/10NEWDELHI275.html  

Farmers Markets Could Generate Tens of Thousands of New Jobs with Modest Federal Support, New from Union of Concerned Scientists Report Finds

They’re Growing Nationally, but Federal Policies Favoring Industrial Agriculture Hold Them Back WASHINGTON (August 4, 2011) – Over the last several decades, thousands of farmers markets have been popping up in cities and towns across the country, benefiting local farmers, consumers and economies, but they could be doing a lot better, according to a report released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). What’s holding farmers markets back? Federal policies that favor industrial agriculture at their expense. “On the whole, farmers markets have seen exceptional growth, providing local communities with fresh food direct from the farm,” said Jeffrey O’Hara, the author of the report and an economist with UCS’s […]

America’s $24bn subsidy damages developing world cotton farmers

The developing world can’t compete with the US’s giant $24bn subsidy for its cotton farmers. Barack Obama should end the payouts A man working in a cotton factory in Mumbai, India. US subsidies of $24bn to its cotton farmers have driven down world prices and damaged livelihoods of developing world cotton producers. Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters I’ve been looking forward to President Barack Obama’s state visit to the UK this week and to hearing him address MPs and peers at Westminster Hall. President Obama will no doubt focus on many matters of great international importance. I think cotton should be one of them. I have seen for myself just how vital […]

How we feed us will go to American hands by Shalini Bhutani

http://www.tehelka.com/story_main47.asp?filename=Op231010The_Obama_visit.asp Pacts favourable to the US may be signed, posing a threat to Indian farmers THE BUZZ has been growing about US President Barack Obama’s visit to India next month. And yet again before the visit, news is about the possible arms deal, joint military exercises, bilateral trade and investment, rather than what it would mean for India’s food and farming. When George Bush came calling, the nuclear deal hogged the limelight, and the agriculture-related aspects, which have consequences for something as basic as food, didn’t make the headlines. Farmville Hillary Clinton visits the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Pusa, in 2009 PHOTO: AFP This cycle of events sounds like a cruel […]

Games the Centre plays

http://www.downtoearth.org.in/node/1736 States used Essential Commodities Act to lower the price of Bt cotton And states fight back For the past five years, the Centre and the states have been fighting a battle over seed pricing with Delhi frequently changing the rules to outsmart state governments that had decided to clamp down on predatory pricing. Although agriculture is a state subject, the power to fix prices had remained with the Centre—until the states decided to take matters into their own hands. They passed enabling legislation that allowed them to regulate prices as and when required. Andhra Pradesh has been most tenacious in safeguarding its farmers from what it terms the exploitative […]

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