Invitation for Open Source Seed System Workshop

In taking forward the open source seed systems initiative we had a small group meeting on Open Source Seed Systems in RIS Habitat Centre in Delhi last month with Ravi Srinivas who is author of one of first paper on open source seed systems. At that meeting we had decided it to follow up on the […]

Date August 30 & August 31

Time 6.00 pm

Agriculture Minister is visiting DRCSC project area

As per intimation from the Agri-Directorate, WB, the Agri-Minister Sri Purnendu Basu, MOS Agri Sri Becharam Manna, Agri-advisor to the CM Sri Pradip Majumder and the Director of Agri Dr. Paritosh Bhattacharjee is visiting implementation areas of DRCSC in Bankura & Purulia. After the visit there will be a meeting of these agri officials alongwith […]

Date 28th & 29th September'14

Round Table on Promotion of Ecological Agriculture at Agartala

The consultation will be held on 10.09.2014 at Agartala and will be attended by the state Agri Minister Sri Aghore Debbarman, Dy.Speaker of Tripura Assembly Sri Pabitra Kar and other important govt. officials. The venue will be notified later. – Raj Krishna Mukherjee Development Research Communication and Services Centre 58A Dharmatola Road, Kasba, Bosepukur, Kolkata […]

Date 10th September, 2014

“The Future of Food and Farming”

There are many issues regarding food and farming that Dr. Shiva has worked on – sustainability, the international politics of food, how globalisation is destroying farmers lives and livelihoods, the problems of chemical farming, land grab, climate change, corporatisation of agriculture and so on. We believe that we should lose no opportunity to understand these issues […]

Erode farmers to say no to hybrid paddy

Aug 20, 2014 ERODE: On Tuesday farmers in Kanchikoil village in Erode district pledged not to use hybrid or tissue cultured paddy varieties for crop cultivation. They decided to use only traditional paddy varieties which do not need pesticides and other fertilisers. “We have taken this decision after we realised that the soil in which […]


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 […]