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Obituary: Peaceful warrior: Permaculture visionary Bill Mollison

Bill was co-founder, with David Holmgren, of the permaculture movement a worldwide network of remarkable resilience, with organisations now operating in 126 countries and projects in at least 140, inspiring individuals and communities to take initiatives in fields as diverse as food production, building design, community economics and community development. Bill left much useful information […]

The forest on their plates

These tribal women from Odisha fought to throw out white rice and soy nuggets and bring millets and seeds back into their diet The sound of laughter and conversation bounces off the houses and trees at Khalpadar village nestled in the base of the hills. Music can be heard. A goat has been butchered for […]

Plea to review GM Mustard appraisal process, respect moratorium say senior judges, bureaucrats

Concerned over appraisal process of GM mustard, several retired judges and bureaucrats today alleged that the country’s biotech regulator is making a “mockery” of it and demanded independent scrutiny and transparent public participation in decision-making process. In a letter to Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave, they demanded that moratorium on GM mustard be imposed, all […]

Protests mounting against GM mustard in Kerala

The protests against the move to allow commercial cultivation of GM (Genetically Modified) mustard developed by the University of Delhi is snowballing, with more organisations joining the Government of Kerala in expressing concern over the impact of the new variety on human health and the environment. Following a decision taken by the State Cabinet last […]

Sarson satyagrah

Mustard farmers, consumers and supporters of organic farming will organise a state-level sarson satyagrah on October 2 to protest the governments move to allow genetically modified (GM) mustard. Prof Rajinder Chaudhary, Adviser to the Kudarti Kheti Abhiyaan, Haryana, said here today that the biggest danger of GM seeds was that they were likely to pollute […]

Scientific Conference on GMO Crops

The scientific conference “Taking Stock – 20 Years of GM Crops – 40 Years of ‘Genetic Engineering’”, which will take place in Mexico City on December 1-2, 2016. The conference precedes the 8th Meeting of the Parties (MOP8) to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, due to take place in Cancun, Mexico, from December 4-17, 2016. […]

Date 1st December 2016 to 2nd December 2016

Event to celebrate mustard

The Delhi government is going to organise a Jashn-e-Sarson festival on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti to celebrate organic mustard and affirm its stand against genetically-modified (GM) mustard The Tourism and Art and Culture Language Departments of the Delhi government will celebrate organic mustard, its products and host a cultural programme at Dilli Haat, INA, […]

Kerala CM sets example in organic farming

Thiruvananthapuram: Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan is leading his party’s campaign for organic farming by setting an example. The chief minister has launched terrace farming at his official residence. Seeds of nearly eight vegetables were sown in 100 grow bags here on Monday. The project, being monitored by the department of agriculture, is assisted by Karshika […]

Take up organic farming: Prathipati

Andhra Pradesh Minister for Agriculture Prathipati Pulla Rao has called upon farmers to take up organic farming with minimal investment and using natural resources that would safeguard public health. Organic farming would promote their economic well-being and health, he said while addressing women farmers, Farmer Producers Samakhya members and organic farmers after inaugurating Seva Gramabhivrudhi […]

Genetically Modified Seeds, Global Agribusiness and the Destruction of Farming: Is India about to Make a Catastrophic Mistake with GM Mustard?

Global oilseed, agribusiness and biotech corporations are engaged in a long-term attack on Indias local cooking oil producers. In just 20 years, they have reduced India from self-sufficiency in cooking oil toimporting half its needs. Now the governments attempts to impose GM mustard seed threaten to wipe out a crop at the root of Indian […]

Farming makes a comeback in India, as growers return to traditional, organic practices

Thousands of farmers throughout India are reverting to traditional farming methods, as the consequences of Western agriculture have begun to negatively impact the region’s food and water supply, as well as the health of its people. More than 40 years after the “Green Revolution,” a period in which India’s agriculture yields skyrocketed following the introduction […]

Access To Seeds: Building Capacities, Discussing Policies

Institute for Studies in Industrial Development (ISID), Indian Society for Agro Ecology (ISAE) and the Third World Network (TWN) jointly announcing a five-day capacity building programme on “Access to Seeds: Building Capacities, Discussing Policies” during period October 2428, 2016 at ISID Campus New Delhi. The programme will update the participants on the laws and policies […]

Date 24th October to 28th October 2016

RSS outfit reiterates opposition to GM crops

The Swadeshi Jagaran Manch (SJM), the economic wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, on Sunday reiterated its opposition to genetically modified crops in the Indian market. In a national symposium with scientists, academics and activists, some with leftist background, at Keshav Bhavan, the RSS headquarters here, the SJM opposed the possible announcement of environmental release […]

Terra Greens to adopt 4,000 farmers in Tamil Nadu

Hyderabad: Hyderabad-based Terra Greens founder and Director Likitha Bhanu on Sunday pledged to adopt 4,000 farmers across Tamil Nadu. She made the announcement at the Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) Centre for Sustainable Rural Development & Research Studies (CSRD-RS) during second edition of the Agri Expo. Terra Greens range of 99 organic staples products is […]

Biodynamic Agriculture Training Course

Biodynamic Agriculture Training Course (5 days) Course fees (inclusive of simple boarding and lodging for one person) Corporate Rs. 15,000 Individual / NGOs Rs. 12,000 Overseas participants USD300 Note: If from a society or NGO, please attach a letter with the letterhead of the institution. Members of the BDAI (with corporate or society membership) can […]

Date 24th September2016 to 28th September 2016