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Declaration of the Organic Farmers community of India at the 5th National Organic Farmers’ Convention

organic farm beds cultivation

March 2, 2015 Declaration of the Organic Farmers community of India at the 5th National Organic Farmers’ Convention, 2015, Chandigarh, India The organic farming community of this country, represented in strength by over 2500 participants at this fifth National Organic Farming Convention, pledges to carry forward with renewed strength our endeavour to mainstream agro-ecological farming …

Coming of Age: the Organic Community of India

organic farm beds cultivation

The largest organic farming confluence in the world – over 2,500 participants from 22 states of India – gathered at the National Organic Convention in Chandigarh from Feb 28 to March 2, 2015. The flood of registrations had to be stopped a month in advance. Such zeal surely signals the growing recognition of agro-ecology as …

What is going on in agriculture?

Annual rural wage growth from September 2007 to November 2014

On one hand, we have glowing reports of the growth in agriculture, particularly horticulture. On the other, we have “Rural wage growth lowest in 10 years, signals farm distress, falling inflation“. To me, this indicates that farmers are doing more for less. Add to this the drastic disinterest in schemes like NREGA, reduced legal restrictions …

Foreign hand in the IB Report?

Green field with maize crop

India’s Sovereignty, Security and Freedom at risk- Is the IB being used by foreign corporations to take over India’s vital seed sector? The IB report has a special section on GMOs (genetically modified/engineered organisms). It clearly supports the introduction of GM crops into Indian agriculture. The IB report makes specific mention of the Supreme Court …