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LS panel to examine environmental impacts of GM crops

Amid growing chorus from peasant organisations for not allowing commercial cultivation of GM mustard, a parliamentary panel has decided to look into the contentious issue of environmental impacts of genetically modified crops. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science and Technology, Environment and Forests has selected the subject of GM crops and their environmental impacts for […]

We dont need GM Mustard, support us with better market price: Farmer groups

NEW DELHI: More than 100 organisations representing farmer unions, trade unions, civil society groups and political parties are protesting the government’s plans to commercially release genetically modified (GM) Mustard. On Tuesday a large number of representatives from all of these organisations under the banner “sarson satygraha” gathered at Jantar Mantar to pledge and declare that […]

Over 1 lakh tonne coffee consumed in domestic market

Plantrich Agritech Pvt. Ltd is a recognised entity dealing in organic and fairtrade crops and involved in social and ecological initiatives to supply quality and sustainable food products. The company is a Fairtrade & Organic certified organisation constituted in the year 1998 in association with Manarcadu Social Service Society (MASS) which was instrumental in empowering […]

Goa Govt launches organic farming scheme

PANAJI: In an effort to reduce the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides, and to promote organic farming in Goa, the state department of agriculture has launched a state sector scheme titled assistance for use of organic inputs by the farmer. “This is the first step we have taken in the direction of organic farming […]

Govt tells SC it wont release GM mustard without courts nod

New Delhi: The Centre told the Supreme Court on Monday that it will not release genetically modified (GM) mustard without the courts nod. It, however, opposed the plea filed by environmentalist Aruna Rodrigues seeking prohibition of open field trials and commercial release of GM mustard. GM mustard will significantly reduce the import of Canola oil, […]

Procedural Lapses Dog GM Mustard Approval As SC Begins Hearings

New Delhi: The Centre on Monday informed the Supreme Court that it will not approve the commercial use ofgenetically modified (GM) mustard without the courts approval first. Attorney General (AG) Mukul Rohatgi gave this assurance before a three-judge Bench of Chief Justices T.S. Thakur and Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and L. Nageswara Rao while hearing a […]

Kandote becomes J&Ks first organic village

Doda, October 21: About 35 kilometers away from district headquarters at Doda, Kandote is small village situated on the bank of River Chenab that has set up an example for other villages to go for organic cultivation which is free of chemical pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Following the footsteps of Sikkim which recently has became […]

Many States skip meet on GM crops

The Ministry of Environment and Forests held a meeting on Friday with representatives from several States to discuss impediments to research in genetically modified crops, the manner in which field trials ought to be conducted and choosing appropriate locations in States that can be designated as test-sites. The move is significant considering that genetically-modified mustard, […]


5 renowned judges hear 30 witnesses describe crimes against humanity at Monsanto Tribunal

Last weekend (14-16 October, 2016), farmers, scientists and activists from all over the world gathered at the Monsanto Tribunal in the Hague, Netherlands, to present the case against destruction caused by one of the corporate giants that promotes industrial farming. The symbolic Monsanto Tribunal aimed to hold Monsanto – the giant agrochemical company – to […]

Genetically Engineered food in Hyderabad is uncertified

Hyderabad: From breakfast products to sauces, salad dressings to snack foods, certain imported products sold in city supermarkets were likely to contain Genetically Engineered (GE) food ingredients. Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) officials said that it was illegal to sell food products with GE ingredients as they were still restricted. An investigation […]

Organic marigolds from Raibag go global

BELAGAVI: This farmer of Koligudd village of Raibag taluk has brought about a revolutionary change in the life of other farmers through organic farming in every crop. Hanamantgauda Halaki, 45, is a BSc graduate who owns 20 acres and continues his father’s organic methods of agriculture even now. Hanamantgauda, who went to Germany in 2010 […]

Naga Farmers urged to opt organic farming

Pfutsero (Nagaland), October 17 (MExN): An awareness workshop on Organic Food and Farming was organised by North East Network (NEN) and Self Employed Womens Association (SEWA) in Pfutsero Town on October 17. Altogether, 112 participants comprising farmers, Pfutsero Town Council members, representatives of Phek District Farmers Union, colony chairmen, church leaders, youth members, staff members […]

Kerala to expand organic veg cultivation

With the objective of attaining self-sufficiency in terms of vegetables, Kerala government is planning to bring in additional 50,000 hectares of land under organic vegetable cultivation. Addressing a press meet here, state Agriculture Minister V S Sunil Kumar said the LDF governments plan is to expand farming by bringing in people of all sectors. “The […]