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GMOs – STOP. NOW!

In 1865, a child was born in Madras, India. Her parents named her Lucy Deane. As destiny would have it, in 1893, Kensington Vestry (UK) wanted to hire women Inspectors where, at that time all inspectors were men. Lucy Deane was hired and was a factory inspector. In 1898, she cautioned the authorities that asbestos …

The Gobar economy. Finding economic value in barren cattle

Satish Acharya cartoon for Sify.com on the cow urine disinfectant for hospitals

When you begin with a conclusion and backfit “science” to prove it, absurd things happen.The Holy Cow seems to be one such absurdity plaguing India these days. Trumpeting the importance of the cow, the Hindutva right governments are all out to “protect” said cows by preventing all cattle slaughter. While cow slaughter is already banned in …

GM issue explained for technology lovers

Glyphosate structure 3D balls

While we all agree that research and science are important and that innovation shouldn’t be blocked, here’s a little devil-in-the-details sharing about GM (genetically modified) foods technology. The present GM varieties being marketed, those being in focus, are defective models that a company shouldn’t be pushing to market. Kind of like releasing a car model …

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

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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

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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 …