Saturday 29 June 2013

Author(s): Jyotika Sood, Latha Jishnu

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  • very good and informative

    very good and informative article which describes the use of media and information to change the mindset of food eating in India in the name of globalization since their is a difference between what things can be globalized and what are to be treated locally since weather, soil, etc are regional things and affect the body and mind of person by developing a low carbon food pattern suited to local food availability similar to RE power source which gives energy independence rather than going for imported fuel for sake of getting power also due to package/ imported food the MSW patterns are also changing which CSE can also study since over last 5yrs the organic content has reduced in proportion to growth of plastic n packaging materials and also on the incremental growth of MSW in 5 big metros due to changing food habits the annual growth rate of MSW in these cities has also grown than tradition rate. This will also pose serious environmental problem in land and air pollution for MSW disposal on such large scales.

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  • Great article. One thing I

    Great article. One thing I find between Indian and Foreign brands of goods in most cases - packing and outward appearance. Take the case of Chinese Goods. The moment you see the pack,you are tempted to buy. Another thing is strict quality control. Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),India

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  • Very good article explaining

    Very good article explaining India's poor strategy of food import.

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  • Very well researched article.

    Very well researched article. The JNU Professor definitely seems to be an old school economist who does not subscribe to the age old economics principles of benefits of trade and concepts of comparative advantage. It behooves India to benefit from the low cost of production of certain food products grown in foreign lands. Is anyone aware of how much Indian firms are investing in large-scale farming operations across Africa. Within three years I foresee millions of tons of "Indian" grown African grain headed to India. Our country faces a feeding challenge. As rural incomes grow and people come out of the poverty trap they consume more of all food - food that our farmers are just not able to produce. Lack of land reform, high production costs, and low agricultural productivity plagued by politics will make India more and more dependent on imported foods - a trend best highlighted in this article with the growth in edible oil and pulses. Grains for human consumption as well as feed for animals - an area, fast rising consumption and exports of animal proteins, completely neglected by our planners, will be trend for the next decade. The Food Security will also put tremendous demand on the supply of grains and edible oils and pulses. I also wonder if people are able to foresee a very interesting possible outcome of this bill. India has always had a controverted negotiating position at WTO while opposing subsidies by Western nations. For a country that that was always headed for food shortages and reliance on overseas supplies, one has to question the logic of fighting subsidies by those governments, since this will really end up helping lower our food import bill. Now we face an interesting situation. The government, in all it's wisdom, is including edible oils and pulses in the Food Security Bill. The GOI will now very realistically be subsiding production of palm oil in Malaysia and Indonesia and pulse growers in Canada, Australia, Myanmar and China. The UPA government can certainly count on farmers in these countries to vote them back to power in 2014!

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