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Pesticides

We found to our horror

Issue Date: Aug 15, 2003

"Industries are not for the welfare of the consumer"

Issue Date: Mar 31, 2003
On the CSE study on pesticides in bottled water The fact that nobody has confronted the study speaks for itself. It is a case of a non-governmental organisation doing all that is possible within its limitations to highlight an issue of public concern. We see the study as a warning from friendly quarters and accept it as such. There is no point in being arrogant. It is for the government to act now, to take this to its logical conclusion and ensure that the interests of the consumers are protected.

'Farmers will have no choice'

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2003
A new seed policy is on the anvil in Brazil. Why is it controversial?

Sri Lanka's Tree Frogs

Issue Date: Dec 15, 2002
In 1957, Sri Lankan naturalist Parakrama Kirtisinghe published a monograph titled The Amphibia of Sri Lanka. In it, he recorded the presence of 35 species on the island nation. Over the next three and a half decades, with new species being discovered on a fairly regular basis, this number had swollen to a healthy 53.

Lethal link

Issue Date: Mar 15, 2002
What is the general understanding of the term 'pesticides'?

Cotton conundrum

Author(s): Indira Khurana
Issue Date: Dec 15, 2001
THE Union government was fiddling, till the Bt cotton tangle became a burning issue. Even now — having dithered for five years and subjecting it to 400-odd field trials — the authorities have only set a tentative February 2002 deadline to decide on Bt cotton’s fate in India.

Toxic tales from God's own country

Author(s): Surendranath C
Issue Date: Aug 15, 2001
Rachel Carson couldn’t have been more accurate. A disturbing silence is the overarching presence in lands doused with chemical pesticides. Not just Padre — a village in Kerala’s Kasaragod district where the media has reported extensively on the deformity cases — but several new villages in the district are now in the grip of a veritable Silent Spring. The cases — which include childhood blindness, physical retardation and cancer — have been linked to exposure to endosulfan, an insecticide that has been banned in many countries.

Contaminated wheat

Issue Date: Aug 31, 2000
something as common and essential as atta (wheat flour) could be poisoned with pesticides. That's what is said in a new study conducted by the Consumer Education and Research Society, Ahmedabad.

India cannot afford organic farming

Author(s): Mario
Issue Date: Oct 15, 1999
Can foodgrain production in India be increased further?

A victim's saga

Author(s): Zeyaul Haque
Issue Date: May 15, 1999
WHEN THE health of the Earth itself is jeopardised. The health of its inhabitants -- plants and animals, including humans -- can no longer be ensured. When the 'dust, soil and air' are contaminated with carcinogens, a rise in the incidence of cancer in the human population is only inevitable.
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