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 […]

Scientists fear widespread contamination of Bt Brinjal

Farmers in Haryana and experts fear widespread contamination of genetically modified (GM) brinjal or eggplant in the state with the farmer accused of cultivating Bt brinjal in Fatehabad district in the northeastern part of the state, adjoining Punjab, admitting that he has been growing and selling the GM produce since 2017. GM brinjal isn’t legal […]

Japanese teaching organic rice farming in UP

Allahabad: Japanese experts are teaching organic farming of Japanese rice in Allahabad for more than 10 years ago. Their efforts are beginning to bear fruit. Crop yields have become stable, and farmers are enjoying income growth. Among the experts is Teruo Miura, who heads the Makino School of Continuing and Nonformal Education at Sam Higginbottom […]

Pepsi vs farmers – Lay off the potatoes

It’s a battle for chips, not microchips but potato chips. PepsiCo, the $64 billion US global food, snack and beverage is battling four farmers of Sabarkantha in North East Gujarat for allegedly growing the FL 2027 variety of potatoes for which it has claimed Plant Variety Protection rights. But the battle has moved from the […]

Towards an organic future

Devinder Sharma At a time when global temperatures are soaring, a study by a French think tank — Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) — has shown that agro-ecological farming has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Europe by 47% and thereby keep the global temperature rise below 2°C. The study comes at […]

‘Farmers should go for organic farming’

Om Jajodia, Proprietor, Krishi Kranti Kendra called upon farmers to go for organic farming so that their income would increase manifold. Jajodia was speaking at a session on ‘Cultivating nursery as a business’ organsied by Lady Entrepreneurs’ Wing of Vidarbha Industries Association (LEW-VIA) to market the celebration of Earth Day. He explained the importance of […]

76-year-old farmer files nomination as independent

A 76-year-old farmer from Chak Des Raj village, who has been into organic farming since 1998, has filed his nomination papers for the upcoming Lok Sabha poll. He is an Independent candidate, who will fight the elections on environmental issues which probably no one else has taken into consideration yet. He is among those handful […]

Farming kits for children

An activity-filled organic farming kit shows children how their food journeys from the farm to table A farming kit for children? I am doubtful when I hear about it. But my four-year-old daughter’s response changes my mind. She grabs the blue-and-orange box (with a cute illustration of Maggi, the little farmer mascot on the cover) […]

Why organic agriculture is critical

Green products not only reduce the carbon footprint, they come in alluring cachets and command a higher price. India is uniquely positioned to exploit this opportunity as 60 per cent of the population is dependent on traditional agriculture and is naturally and historically conversant with organic techniques. The global organic movement has its roots in […]

Making farming a summer activity

Want to get your hands dirty and learn more about where your favourite crops come from? Here are some organisations that can help you out The Prodigal Cook Farms, Noida This one’s for the kids: they can learn about farm life, composting, growing their own food and more, through art, music and hands-on training. All […]

10% organic fertilizer production to be made mandatory

The Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog or National Cow Commission will suggest the new government at the Centre to make it mandatory for companies like KRIBHCO and IFFCO to manufacture 10 per cent bio-fertilizers from cow dung and cow urine out of their total annual production. It will also propose incentives for private fertilizer companies for producing […]

AP Farmers asked to adopt novel measures

Srikakulam: Farmers need to adopt novel measures in cultivation of crops, suggested principal secretary to Andhra government for agriculture B Rajasekhar. Participating in an awareness programme on ‘Emerging techniques in farming sector’ held here on Monday, he appealed to farmers to adopt organic farming to protect soil health. Farmers need to adopt mechanisation process to […]

It took just one acre to grow faith in organic farming

Cotton farmers in M.P. are getting higher yields at lower input costs An innovative project aimed at promoting cotton cultivation the organic way, by replacing chemical pesticides and fertilisers with environment-friendly manures and sprays, is bringing rich dividends for cotton farmers of Madhya Pradesh. Dasrath Patil, 50, like most inhabitants of Jobni village, comes of […]