Plum job not enough, he lives his passion

Jalandhar,Having left a well-paid job to pursue his passion for organic farming, 29-year-old Anurag Arora has set an example for many. He pumped all his savings into the start-up he named as MINK Organics, based at Kewal Vihar here. Anurag aims to empower Punjab through healthy food and education in organic farming. It was four […]

How a corporation patented Ethiopia’s most common staple

In 2005, the Ethiopian Institute of Biodiversity and Conservation partnered up with the Dutch company Health and Performance Food International (HPFI) to marketize one of Ethiopia’s most valuable staples, the teff grain – the main ingredient found in injera bread, now widely dubbed a cosmopolitan ‘superfood’. The agronomist Jans Roojsen, who spearheaded the project under […]

Pesticide overdose goes unchecked in Punjab

Jalandhar, While an FIR was lodged against suppliers of spurious pesticides in the city on Wednesday, the use of spurious pesticide sellers in the district on Wednesday, spurious pesticides are being sold with impunity in the state increasingly as – a lucrative business – the pesticide sellers continue to operate openly. While the state has […]

Encouraging illegal planting of BT brinjal in India

In February 2010, the Indian government placed an indefinite moratorium on the commercial release of Bt brinjal. Prior to this decision, numerous independent scientific experts from India and abroad had pointed out safety concerns regarding Bt (insecticidal) brinjal based on data and reports in the biosafety dossier that Mahyco, the crop developer, had submitted to the […]

Professionals take to organic farming

Jalandhar,  The Kheti Virasat Mission (KVM) today organised a meeting with farmers from the Doaba region to discuss benefits of organic farming. Members associated with the mission said a person associated with the medical profession attended the meeting and had shown interest in organic farming. “People from different professions like doctors, pharmacists, or from other […]

Govt to promote organic cultivation of indigenous cotton in 3 states

NEW DELHI – The government, under Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana, is planning to promote the cultivation of indigenous varieties of cotton in the leading growers–Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Karnataka–a senior government official said. “We are encouraging farmers by providing them seeds, and agri-inputs at lower rates to grow more organic cotton. Organic cotton is healthier for human use in comparison with genetically […]

Zero waste to organic food

For many, home is where the heart is. But, for this 62-year-old woman, home is where just not the heart but also health resides. Meet Bhavna Shah, who is setting a positive example for generations to follow. Her home, situated in the quiet of Thaltej-Shilaj road in Ahmedabad, is a world of its own, where […]

Nel Jayaraman’s supporters to host seed fest in Thiruthuraipoondi

Chennai: Farmer and activist Nel Jayaraman’s works have been made a part in Class 12 revised State board Botany textbook in Tamilnadu. A reference is given to the organic farming exponent in the curriculum alongside eminent agriculture scientist M S Swaminathan and popular agronomist Norman Borlaug. “My uncle always spoke about traditional seeds and organic farming […]

Follow GAP guidelines for residue-free basmati: PAU

Ludhiana, The School of Organic Farming, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), organised a training programme on “Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) in Basmati Rice” for farmers under Biotech-KISAN, a project sponsored by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India. Farmers from adopted clusters in the districts of Ferozepur, Sangrur and Patiala participated in the training programme. A […]

Summer of mango tourism

A unique and niche concept, mango tourism is gaining popularity in India and is giving tourists the rare chance of plucking mangoes directly from orchards, as they enjoy summer strolls in the green and refreshing environs. Seeing the popularity of mango, considered to be the King of Fruits in India, state tourism boards in the […]

Thousands of cows’ lives to be transformed for better

An estimated 125,400 dairy cows will live better lives, following World Animal Protection’s call on Arvind Dairy and Happy Milk to move to higher welfare farming. Arvind Dairy, has a significant presence and a growing market share in North India, sourcing its milk from over 25,000 rural farmers in Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh region. ‘Happy Milk’ […]

How urban organic farming may be working against traditional farmers

Lately, hashtags like #ootafromyourthota and #organicterracegarden are trending on Instagram indicating a growing demographic of urban Indians rolling up their sleeves and joining an internationally burgeoning #growyourownfood movement. Grocery stores stocked with ‘organic’ brands are popping up in every hip urban neighbourhood in the nation, which makes it seem like everyone has received the memo […]

Engineer turned farmers find sustainable life style in farming

Study Engineering in a reputed organisation.. get a degree… land in a plum job…. it would be enough for today’s youth. But for some engineers, their degree doesn’t matter, but only their thinking about sustainable lifestyle matters. Different engineers who ventured into farming may have different views about farming, but the internal theme is about […]

Promoting organic pulses

“An organic farmer is the best peacemaker today, because there is more violence, more death, more destruction, more wars, through a violent industrial agricultural system. And to shift away from that into an agriculture of peace is what organic farming is doing.” – Vandana Shiva