Agriculture

Annual rural wage growth from September 2007 to November 2014
Agriculture
Democracy
Land Rights

What is going on in agriculture?

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 […]

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Green field with maize crop
Agriculture

NDA clearance for GMO food crops is against national interest

The Narendra Modi government has allowed 21 new varieties of GMO crops for field trials in India. This decision was made based on the recommendations of the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC). This is the new GEAC. The old GEAC had the first item listed under “Main functions” on its page as “To permit the use of […]

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Green field with maize crop
Agriculture
Best
Environment
Health
Politics & Political Commentary

Foreign hand in the IB Report?

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 […]

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Thermal Plants want water, farmers need it
Agriculture
Democracy
Politics & Political Commentary

Farmer distress in Gujarat. Farmer suicides and more.

One should never underestimate the power of denial. Modi suporters are comparing Gujarat with Maharashtra (unbeaten champ of farmer suicides) and claiming that Gujarat does not have a problem. Wait a minute. Not so fast. Being better than the worst is hardly leader material. If it were a classroom (compulsive associations from ranking – left […]

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Photo of the damaged banks from Uttarakhand floods
Agriculture
Environment

Environmental fraud by Tavleen Singh

An article by Tavleen Singh in the Indian Express is accurately named Environmental fraud, though it is rare for such transparency of intent to be declared upfront. I do appreciate the legitimate opportunity to pun “Environmental Fraud by Tavleen Singh” when introducing the article. Considering that the article is an umbrella attack on the legitimacy […]

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