Kerala’s Organic Farmers Association wins international award for innovative farming methods

Kerala’s Jaiva Karshaka Samithi (Kerala Organic Farmers Association) has won Organic Medal of Honour, conferred by International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movement (IFOAM) Asia in South Korea, in association with Xichong Municipal corporation based in China, reported The News Minute. The award will be presented on May 30, in Xichong China. The award comes with […]

Nestle announces foray in organic food category

World’s largest food and beverage company Nestle India on Friday said that it has forayed into the organic food segment. This comes in line with the leading packaged food company’s innovation strategy at bagging new consumer opportunities and to strengthen its food and nutrition portfolio. The food and drink company will launch three products in […]

Efforts on to make Nagaland organic state

Dimapur, May 14 (EMN): In an effort to make Nagaland an organic State, department of Agriculture has demarcated 1700 ha area of land as organic and undertaken necessary steps to identify specific crops in each district for organic certification in phase-wise manner. This was stated by the Additional Director of State Agriculture department, Kevikhu Achumi, […]

Dr. Bronner’s helps bring better opportunities to farmers in India

Dr. Bronner’s, the family-owned and number one seller of natural soap in the United States, has just released a short film highlighting how they’re working to source organic, fair trade products, and create what they hope is a better agricultural system. “Journey to Pavitramenthe” is the second film in Dr. Bronner’s “Journey” series, and explores […]

Champion of organic farming felicitated

Saifabad: Dr Yadlavalli Venkateshwar Rao, who was awarded Padma Shri for his efforts in promoting organic farming, was felicitated at a program organized by IV Subba Rao Memorial Committee at a hotel in Lakdi-ka-pul on Sunday. Apart from organic farming, his efforts to provide training in terrace farming, with a noble intention of providing unadulterated […]

Manipur farmers adopt integrated farming

Farmers in Manipur have been practising organic farming religiously. For many, this has become a sustainable source of income. In the Northeast region, the new method of integrated farming (agricultural systems that integrate livestock and crop production) has yielded better production of crops for many. “With an increase in population, there is also a need […]

Seeds from Bt brinjal trials not deposited with govt body

Amid fears of widespread contamination of local varieties by Bt Brinjal in Haryana, the National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR) said it had not stored any seeds of the genetically modified variety from field trials conducted before an “indefinite moratorium” was imposed on its commercialisation in 2010. Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company Pvt Ltd (Mahyco), […]

Wake-up call on proprietary seeds

When the news broke that PepsiCo was suing small farmers in India for growing a potato variety that is used in its Lay’s chips, popular sympathies immediately went, of course, to the farmers. National and international pressure swiftly mounted, and in short order a humbled PepsiCo backtracked, announcing its withdrawal of the lawsuit. There was […]

Call to boost traditional farming practices

Secunderabad: Dr G V Ramanjaneyulu, the Executive Director of Centre for Sustainable Agriculture and Expert Director of Sahaja Aharam Producer Company, has pointed out ground realities of farming and the distress in the rural farming communities, at a meeting organised by Rotary Club of Secunderabad. His presentation focused on: Models of agriculture which are local […]

New project in carbon farming launched in India

A new project will help farmers increase their income as well as store carbon in their soil. Starting with 20 farmers in two districts of Maharashtra state in India, the carbon farming project will compensate farmers for increases in soil organic carbon. These farmers follow no-till practices in growing rice and other cover crops. The […]

PepsiCo to withdraw cases against potato farmers in Gujarat

US-based food and beverages giant PepsiCo on Thursday said that it will withdraw lawsuits against farmers in Arvalli and Sabarkantha district of Gujarat. Earlier during the day, farmers’ welfare organisations had demanded unconditional withdrawal of cases. These organisations have claimed a moral victory, but said that they are awaiting a formal communication from the company. […]

Organic Cotton: why it’s better for us all

On 30 April I attended one of the North London Sustainability Network events, which was focused on sustainable and ethical fashion. There was an impressive line-up of environmental champions, that included speakers – Sian Conway from Ethical Hour; Jennifer Holloway, CEO, Fashion Enter; Leigh McAlea, Head of Communications, from the UK charity, TRAID (Textile Recycling […]

Activists form Seed Rights Forum to fight for Gujarat farmers

Even as multinational giant PepsiCo has announced that it would withdraw lawsuits against four Indian farmers who it accused of patent infringement, farmers’ organisations, civic society organisations and eminent citizens on Friday formed Seed Rights Forum to fight for the farmers. The Indian subsidiary of the US multinational company, PepsiCo India Holdings (PIH) Pvt Ltd, […]

Vandana talks on poison cartel, farmers’ rights and ecofeminism

Dr. Vandana Shiva, the high-profile organic agriculture and environmental activist and author from Delhi, India, will be in Vermont this weekend for two events at Sterling College in Craftsbury. She will deliver the college’s commencement address on Saturday and lead a sold-out workshop on social and environmental justice activism on Sunday. On Monday, May 6, 11 […]