The precarious geopolitics of phosphorous
Both nitrogen and phosphorous are essential to life. Lynchpins both to global food production, circulating through synthesis or export and then …
After years of killing his fields with pesticides and fertilisers, a sapota grower rediscovered cultivation without chemicals
Back in f(l)avour
Entry of high yielding hybrid rice has spelt doom for traditional diversity in the Konkan belt. Thanks to a science academy, the ancient legacy …
Looks like Basmati but
India is losing the pride of many a pulao -- the aroma and taste of basmati rice. What are scientists and legal experts fighting about?
Stinking for two decades
Industrial effluent is contaminating Gujarat villages, but the authorities have not nailed the culprits
Clear as air
The grim picture of a lung scarred by pollution is of no shock value today. An ailing populace continues to throw up a phlegm of protests. To …
The Bhopal in us
As a society we have never felt the venom of methyl isocyanate and other toxic gases like the Bhopal victims
Whre science and tradition join hands
The Gloria Land farm in Pondicherry and another run by a couple in Karnataka, show natural inputs can effectively replace factory produced …
Don't bite that apple!
The government's plans for boosting horticulture to earn foreign exchange do not take into account the hidden costs of deforestation, fertiliser …
Climate is changing, and the Sundarban residents can feel it
The Sundarban delta region in the Bay of Bengal, with 10,000 square kilometres of estuarine mangrove forest and 102 islands, is the world's …
Nagpur orange’s survival hinges precariously on its return to sustainable cultivation. Farmers have woken up to this, but will the government?
A requiem for the Bagmati
The vanishing lakes
There is more water than land in north Bihar. The rivers that ramble down from the Himalaya feed numerous depressions scattered all over the …
Is the joyride over ?
There was fear in the 1960s. Would India continue to wait for food imports to feed itself? The scientific community came up with an answer that …
Test tube brinjal
Indian regulators are keen to clear Bt brinjal for commercial cultivation. This would be India’s first genetically modified food crop. If …
Collapse of the former Soviet market and an indifferent attitude to quality clips Nilgiris tea industry
India's soils are in a bad shape. T V Jayan investigates
When Vishnu sleeps
Sri Lanka’s north-central region has been facing a health crisis for two decades. A large number of people in the region suffer from …
There is disquiet over government scheme to wean traditional millet farmers on chemical inputs