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All you need to know about the GM food controversy
Addressing Greenpeace, the United Nations, and governments across the world, the letter points to how global production of food will have to double by 2050 to meet the demands of a growing global population. “Organisations opposed to modern plant breeding, with Greenpeace at their lead, have repeatedly denied these facts and opposed biotechnological innovations in agriculture. They have misrepresented their risks, benefits, and impacts, and supported the criminal destruction of approved...

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Biodiversity , GMOs, & Gene Drives of the Militarised Mind
recent report from the National Academy of Science of The United States, titled Gene Drives on the Horizon : Advancing Science, Navigating Uncertainty, and Aligning Research with Public Values”, warns: “One possible goal of release of a gene-drive modified organism is to cause the extinction of the target species or a drastic reduction in its abundance.” Gene Drives have been called “mutagenic chain reactions”, and are to the biological world what chain reactions are to the nuclear...

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New hope for Indian farmers
Organic farming does not use pesticides and fertilizers. Instead it relies on organic manure because it strives for sustainability, enhancement of soil fertility and biological diversity. The budget presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on 29 February announced that 500,000 farm ponds and dug wells in rain fed areas and 1 million compost pits for production of organic manure would be taken up under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act of 2005. This was a boon to India's organic...

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Cow Urine Kills Farm Pests in India’s First Fully Organic State
Nimtshreng Lepcha seeps medicinal leaves in cow urine and sprays the brew over his tomatoes. It’s the main way pests are repelled on his farm in the Himalayan foothills and across the northeastern state of Sikkim, the first in India to go fully organic.

For more than a decade, Sikkim’s 66,000 farmers have shunned chemical weed killers, synthetic fertilizers and gene-altered seeds. Their return to traditional farming methods has made the tiny state, sandwiched between China, Nepal and...

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‘Udta Punjab’ Opens Our Eyes To Green Revolution’s Toxic Legacy

The Green Revolution, which began in Punjab, was given a Nobel Peace prize based on the narrative that new seeds and chemicals would create prosperity and hence peace. But by 1984, Punjab was a land of violence and war. 30,000 people had been killed.

It was this divergence between the Green Revolution myth and the reality of violence that compelled me to conduct a research on what was happening in Punjab.

 
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