Strengthening family farming in India

By M S Swaminathan Aug 18 2014 RELATIVE UNIT: Providing family farmers with adequate financial and scientific support to ensure food security should be the bottom line of all food and agriculture policies of developing countries RELATIVE UNIT: Providing family farmers with adequate financial and scientific support to ensure food security should be the bottom […]


Engineering students turn teachers of organic farming

DC | Krishna Kumar K E | August 14, 2014 Kochi: The students of Government Model Engineering College in Kochi are all set to inspire school students across the city to take up organic farming and also foster innovative ideas in them. The initiatives are part of the ‘Excel’ fest, billed as South India’s largest techno-managerial fest. […]

Seed Festival

DRCSC has established itself mainly as a resource centre on rural development, through sustainable management of natural resources and working in partnership with rural NGOs & CBOs. Improving food & livelihood security of resource poor communities with special emphasis on women and ethnic & religious minorities is our general priority. At present DRCSC is intervening […]

Date 30th August 2014

Time 10:30 am onwards

7 ways GMOs are destroying humanity and the planet

by Jonathan Benson, staff writer (NaturalNews) No matter what personal views you might have on genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), these relatively new biological creations are wreaking havoc on both the environment and human health, as thoroughly demonstrated in the scientific literature. And here are seven concrete examples of why:

Nutritional Composition of Organic Crop Foods Study: Briefing Note

Newcastle University, School of Agriculture Food and Rural Development (AFRD) About the Study A new scientific paper published in the British Journal of Nutrition shows that there are significant composition differences between organic and conventional crops (primarily vegetables, fruit and cereals) that are relevant in terms of nutritional quality. It is the most up-to-date analysis […]

Higher antioxidant concentrations, and less cadmium and pesticide residues, in organically grown crops: a systematic literature review and meta-analysis

Baranski M et al. (2014) British Journal of Nutrition 06/2014; DOI: 10.1017/S0007114514001366 Abstract Demand for organic foods is partially driven by consumer perceptions that they are more nutritious. However, scientific opinion is divided on whether there are significant nutritional differences between organic and non-organic foods, and two recent reviews concluded that there are no differences. Here […]

Organic Food is Nutritionally Far Superior to Non-Organic Produce

A ground-breaking meta-analysis of 343 studies led by Newcastle University, U.K., has found that organic food delivers significantly more benefits compared to non-organic food. Among these are that organic food contains up to 69% more of key antioxidants and significantly lower concentrations of cadmium (50%), nitrates (30%), nitrites (87%) and pesticides. The frequency of occurrence […]

Odisha Chief Secretary emphasizes on market link and awareness building activities for promotion of organic farming

Tuesday, August 12, 2014   Report by Odisha Diary bureau, Bhubaneswar: The National conference on Organic Farming for Eastern Region organized under auspices of  Agro & Processed Food Products Development Authority (APEDA) , Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt of India has been inaugurated by Chief Secretary  Gokul Chandra Pati here today in the premises […]

Organic vegetables on Surti platter soon

Aug 9, 2014,   SURAT: There is good news for the health conscious who want to switch over to organic vegetables. The Institute of Agriculture Science and Technology Trust (IASCT) run by Art of Living ( AOL) will soon start training farmers to grow pesticide-free vegetables and sell them in the city.

Mysore Seed Festival

Sahaja Samrudha jointly in collaboration with CHETHANA and ASHA organised a seed festival at Mysore on 5th & 6th July 2014. The event organised for the first time in the city, happened to be a successful start for seed savers and seed producers to take forward the seed work, along with promising support from agri-dept […]

Date 5th & 6th July 2014


Why more farmers in India are going organic

3 August 2014 Since the 1950s, chemical fertilisers and pesticides have been widely used across India to improve crop yields and grow more fruit and vegetables. This trend has been credited with helping to feed a growing population and reduce food imports. Most farming today still uses these methods, but things may be slowly changing. […]

Scientists Oppose Experiments on GM Crops

Indo-Asian News Service August 01, 2014 New Delhi:  A group of scientists on Friday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi protesting the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee’s decision to carry on experiments on GM crops as these adversely impact the environment.

Eco-friendly Food and Farming

Year after year there seems to be more citizens of Bangalore who want to put their hands in the mud and their heart in living with eco-wisdom – and become gardeners and farmers. Bhoomi is here to support everyone who wants to connect back to the land by offering a 1 month Programme on Eco-friendly Food […]

Date September 1st to October 7th, 2014

GM Debate Sprouts Anew

Kumar Vikram in New Delhi July 31, 2014 GM DEBATE Open trials of GM crops remain a moot point even as NDA govt takes a ‘U- turn’ THE SWADESHI Jagran Manch ( SJM), the economic arm of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh ( RSS) leading the protest against the proposed field trials of genetically modified ( […]