Fairtrade workshop: Think, Act, Buy Fair

Fairtrade India invites you to become part of a global movement where you can help make a difference through your everyday choices. Join us for a discussion on Fairtrade and a tea tasting at Paradigm Shift. Learn how Fairtrade means better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in India […]

Date 02 August, 2014

Time 6:00 pm

Don’t tamper with Jayadhar cotton

BANGALORE, July 26, 2014 Sharath S. Srivatsa Jayadhar cotton, for which the University of Agricultural Sciences-Dharwad received permission for transgenic trials last Friday, is a popular variety in the rain-fed areas of north Karnataka. It is a rabi crop predominantly grown in Dharwad, Gadag and Haveri districts, and parts of Bellary and Koppal. Unlike other […]

Time is ripe for Goa’s own green revolution

Vivek Menezes | Jul 27, 2014, Some good news earlier this week, as it was learned that proposals to the government agriculture department to construct greenhouses have gone up an amazing 700% this year. It is expected that at least 40 new farming ventures will be established with state assistance in 2014, bringing close to […]

Karunanidhi opposes approval of field trials of GM crops

July 26, 2014 Objecting to the Centre’s approval for field trials of 15 genetically modified crops, DMK chief M Karunanidhi today sought the BJP government’s intervention in this matter and cancel the permission. “Even during the UPA government, they had revoked their approval given to cultivate Bt brinjal, following strong protests against it. So, the […]

Modi and Modified Crops

Vol – XLIX No. 30, July 26, 2014   India must stay with the precautionary principle with regard to genetically-modified crops. By clearing the way for field trials of genetically-modified (GM) food crops, the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) of the Environment Ministry has inadvertently laid a political challenge before the Narendra Modi-led government in […]

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GM food crops – Why India must say no

Viva Kermani 23 Jul 2014 When the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) on July 18 decided that open field trials of 21 new varieties of genetically modified (GM) crops should be permitted, the arguments contra and pro became considerably more intense. That a single committee is seen to have the experience and foresight to judge […]

Hot off the rack: organic cotton clothing

CHENNAI, July 24, 2014 Zubeda Hamid Hand-spun, naturally-dyed and directly-sourced garments gain popularity At a small sale of organic cotton clothes V. Rama recently held at her house in Velachery recently, the response was stupendous. “Many of my friends in the neighbourhood were interested. Organic cotton is soft, its production does not damage anything anywhere […]

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Don’t allow field trials of GM crops: farmers, activists

Gargi Parsai New Delhi,  July 22, 2014   The recent decision of the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) to allow field trials of GM rice, mustard, cotton, chickpea and brinjal has been met with strong opposition from farmers’ groups and environmental activists. Seeking the intervention of Union Environment and Forests Minister Prakash Javdekar, the Bhartiya […]

`Veggies full of river toxins’

New Delhi: May 15 2014   Plea Says Effluents In Yamuna Pollute Groundwater, Soil It’s not just pesticides–a toxic mix of sewage and industrial effluents may be contaminating what’s grown on the bed of the Yamuna. The quality of the fruits and vegetables–that feed most of Delhi’s population–may thus stand severely compromised, according to two […]

Report heavy metals in veggies: NGT asks PCB

TNN | Jul 23, 2014,   BHOPAL: National Green Tribunal (NGT) has ordered MP Pollution Control Board to inspect nullahs which flow into vegetable farms in the state and submit a report on heavy metals present in water and vegetable samples. Tribunal took a serious exception to vegetable farming being done using sewage water in […]

DNA editorial on this govt’s “tearing hurry”

Tuesday, 22 July 2014   By clearing field trials of several GM food crops, India takes another step towards commercial release without reliable regulators, safeguards or risk studies By authorising field trials for 15 more genetically modified (GM) food crops, India has signalled its intention of fast-tracking its use of GM technology.  India has only […]

Uganda earns big from organic agriculture

21/7/2014 Uganda has one of the fastest growing organic certified lands in Africa. The products grown organically and sourced from Uganda include cotton (lint, yarn and finished garments), coffee (Arabic and Robusta), sesame (simsim), dried fruit (pineapples, apple bananas, mangoes, jack-fruit), fresh fruits (pineapple, apple bananas, passion fruits, avocadoes, papaya (pawpaw), ginger), jack-fruit, vanilla, cocoa, […]

GM Food: It’s Time to Confront the BJP

July 20, 2014 By Resources Research, The ability of the biotechnology industry to pursue its aims, regardless of the orientation of the central government, became clear on 18 July 2014 when the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) stated to the press that it has permitted field trials of genetically modified (GM) rice, mustard, cotton, chickpea and […]

Sangh flays government genetically-modified crop call

Jul 20, 2014 – Sanjay Basak Cracks have appeared between the Modi government and the Sangh Parivar, with its powerful economic wing, the Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM), openly flaying the government for “deceiving people” on the issue of GM crops. On Friday, the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) under the environment ministry gave the green […]