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'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.

Governments alone cannot combat pollution

Issue Date: Jun 15, 1998
On the objectives of the Bose Institute:

A pest of a problem

Issue Date: May 31, 1996
THE Germans may have stopped importing Indian tea treated with chemical fertilisers; and pesticides, but the use of these cannot be entirely prohibited because farming is the mainstay of an estimated 70 million people in our country.
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