Living with GMOs – a letter from America

The Undersigned 12th November 2014 NGOs, scientists, anti-GM groups, celebrities, food manufacturers, and others representing 57 million Americans today publish an Open Letter to the UK and the entire EU warning of the serious and manifold hazards of GMO crops – and promising their support in our fight against them.  

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New law of the land: Compost or perish

Tomojit Basu Two young women’s organic business helps small farmers salvage their soil and livelihood Kolkata schoolmates Avantika Jalan and Rashmi Sarkar run Mana Organics, a social enterprise that helps small farmers improve soil fertility through chemical-free methods and navigate the country’s complex food supply chain. Organic produce from its two projects in Tinsukia, Assam, […]

Natural Farming Stressed

22nd September 2014 BHUBANESWAR: Over 400 farmers from eight States converged in the City on Sunday to deliberate on popularisation of indigenous seeds and natural farming. Gathered at the two-day National Seed Festival, agriculture experts and farmers were of the view that natural farming can only save agriculture in India and protect farmers from the […]

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Farmers demand ‘seed sovereignty’

BHUBANESWAR, September 22, 2014 The government should ensure ‘seed sovereignty’ for farmers, demanded peasant leaders from different parts of the country here on Sunday. “Seed sovereignty is not a baseless ideological position, but a pragmatic approach. It is an integral part of food security and sovereignty of a community or a nation. Seed being handed […]

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To market, to market…

Akila Kannadasan November 18, 2014 Organic Farmers Market, a collective of youngsters with hole-in-the-wall organic stores, brings to Chennai the best of produce from across the country Every grain of rice, millet, and pulse in the garage has a story to it. They have journeyed from farms near and far to occupy the racks at […]

Organic products expo to open in Dubai next week

Over 125 firms to attend expo on November 25-27 at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre Wednesday, November 19, 2014 Dr Naseem Mohd Rafee, Head of Consumer Products Safety Section, Dubai Municipality, Nadim Al Fuqaha, Managing Director, Global Links Dubai and Naseer Laieb, Director, Sahd General Trading at a press conference to announce the 12th […]

National Conference

The final Circular of the National Conference on Innovation in Traditional Practices for Cultivation of Fruit, vegetable, and Plantation Crops to be held at Goa on 11 & 12 December 11 & 12, 2014. Ms Lakshmi Administration /  Finance officer Asian Agri-History Foundation 47 ICRISAT Colony – 1, Brig. Sayeed Road, Secunderabad – 500009 Telegana

Date 11 & 12 December 11 & 12, 2014.

Farmers lead composting revolution to heal African soils

Fernando Naves Sousa 14th October 2014 The soils on which African farmers depend are getting poorer, writes Fernando Naves Sousa, depleted of nutrients and organic matter. This creates a huge challenge: to reverse the trend in an environmentally responsible way, while feeding a growing population. But it can be done – using organic composting techniques. […]

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The Call of the Earth

By Jayanthi Somasundaram and Samhati Mohapatra 15th November 2014 The bucolic landscape of India is witnessing a vast change with many professionals stepping off the fast track to trudge rural paths that lead to the endless green of agricultural territory. Many of them are from the IT industry, and faced with erratic time schedules, the […]

Good farming practices earns 33 famers a trip to India

17, November 2014 Under the EU Funded GROW programme, thirty three local farmers have won themselves learning tour to Kingston Foundation in India to look at integrated organic practices in agriculture. Eight farmers are first place getters in the main categories of the EU Grow Star Awards for Best Cash Crop Farmer, Best Poultry Farmer, […]

Conference on ‘Mainstreaming Agro-Ecological Approaches in Farming ’

Organized by Centre for Sustainable Agriculture and Indian Society for Agro-Ecology 1st and 2nd March, 2015 Agro-ecological approaches are increasing being recognised as the way forward for the food, nutritional security and livelihood security of the small and marginal farmers across the world.  In this approach, ecological practices to increase productivity, improve soil fertility and […]

The future is green

Nepal has an advantage in organic food production, given its diverse agro-ecology and proximity to fast-growing food markets NOV 13 – I was born 49 years ago on a family farm during the busy farming season. My mother carried farm yard manure from home to the rice fields for fertiliser and cautiously managed seeds, farming […]

MEPs vote to firm up national bans on GM crops in Europe

European Commission proposal to prevent national bans on environmental or health grounds is defeated Arthur Neslen, Brussels Tuesday 11 November 2014 MEPs voted on Tuesday to allow national bans on genetically modified food crops for environmental reasons, even if the EU has already approved them for cultivation. Under current bloc rules, GM crops can be […]

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On a mission to promote organic farming

M. Balaganessin PUDUIKOTTAI, November 13, 2014 Gnanaprakasam distributes greens among schoolchildren His ripe age does not deter him from promoting and popularising organic farming techniques among the masses. For the 76-year-old A. Gnanaprakasam, promoting organic cultivation practices has been a watchword for the past three decades. He has converted his 33 cents of land into […]

Organic Vegetable Fair

What good is a pot of money, big degrees or status, fat insurance or even fame, if we daily eat and feed our children… Poisoned food? Turn organic, nuture health! Help farmers and the environment! Date: 15-16th Nov Time: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Venue: Dr. M. H. Marigowda Hall Lalbagh,Bangalore      

Date 15-16th Nov

Time 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Conference on ‘Mainstreaming Agro-Ecological Approaches in Farming ’

Organized by Centre for Sustainable Agriculture and Indian Society for Agro-Ecology 1st and 2nd March, 2015 Agro-ecological approaches are increasing being recognised as the way forward for the food, nutritional security and livelihood security of the small and marginal farmers across the world.  In this approach, ecological practices to increase productivity, improve soil fertility and […]

Date 1st and 2nd March, 2015

Heady scent of rice

Nov 7, 2014 By Venkat Iyer Villages once redolent with the aroma of freshly cooked Kasbai have shifted to hybrids At the mere mention of ‘Kasbai’, 70-year-old Devu Handa’s eyes turn dreamy. In a voice shaking with excitement, this farmer in Dhanivari village, Palghar district (Maharashtra), tells us that at one time everyone in his […]

India’s Organic Revolution

Rethinking food at Boswell Book Co. By Jenni Herrick Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 Organic farming has been recognized as safer, healthier and more sustainable, but consumers continue to question the merits of organic food at the grocery store. Are the higher prices worth the cost? Are organic products really better for us and the environment?

An Organic Gardening Workshop

Bhoomi Network offers An Organic Gardening Workshop Date: 22nd November, 2014, Saturday Time: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm Venue:  Bhoomi Network C/o.  Prakriya School Campus, Chikkanayakanahalli Road, off Doddakannalli; Sarjapur Road Bangalore – 560 035. With best wishes, A.Santhilakshmy Director,Programmes Bhoomi Network   Registration Details Fees: Rs 1200/- per person (Lunch & Snack included) Limited number of seats *Registration closes by 20th November, […]

Date 22nd November, 2014, Saturday

Time 8:30 am to 5:30 pm