The escape route
Punjab, which accounts for only 1.5 per cent of the total geographical area of the country, cannot continue producing for the whole country. It …
Incidence of cancer and other diseases have increased. But callous officials prefer to call it a 'coincidence'
Punjab: end of the revolution ?
Cost of production has spiralled, but the rate of increase in production has not shown a similar trend. Ecological and social costs, meanwhile, …
What do science-based targets to limit climate change really look like?
Commitment to climate justice demands that rich countries make deeper cuts to their emissions than merely equalising per-capita emissions by 2030
Kharif crops take a severe hit by intense and unprecedented rainfall across India
IMD advises farmers to drain maize fields, delay sowing paddy in several states
Biotechnology Bill: deadline for public feedback extended
Parliamentary committee has extended date till August 25; activists demand public consultations across the country in regional languages
India cannot afford organic farming
S K SINHA national professor at the Water Technology Centre, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, spoke to Manish Tiwari on food …
Children of endosulfan
Several unusual diseases afflict a Kerala village. Residents blame aerial spraying of the pesticide endosulfan by the Plantation Corporation of …
India's nutritional puzzle
From the maw of the Indian state there has emerged an undigested piece of development cake: nutritionally speaking, people's diets are out of …
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 …
GM purple tomatoes to fight cardiovascular diseases
UK-based Cathie Martin to start clinical trials soon; green activists protest and call trials ‘violation of European Union norms’
Just like a forest
Analog forestry mimics a forest to create an economically productive and ecologically diverse landscape
Moily bats for GM trials
After he revives regulatory body for GM crops, industry demands removal of state clearances
Vidarbha farmers unhappy with minimum support price for cash crops
Agriculture ministry overlooked increased input and labour costs, ignored state government recommendations
Parliamentary committee slams regulatory system on GM crops
Says the crops have an impact on health and the environment and that these aspects were overlooked while approving Bt Brinjal trials in India
Rules and renegades
Pesticide regulations in India are lax. The industry has exploited the loopholes to corrupt the system. And the government has turned a blind eye …
A report by the National Institute of Occupational Health nails endosulfan. Is that why the pesticide establishment wants to keep it under wraps?
Scientists’ panel calls for 10-year moratorium on GM field trials
Supreme Court-mandated expert committee recommends new tests in thorough overhaul of India’s regulatory regime
The GM maize rats
Findings of the Seralini lab on effect of Monsanto’s GM maize on rats set off a global furore
A people’s festival to protest CBD conference
Non-profits to represent united resolve to protect the country’s natural wealth and bio-cultural heritage from powerful economic interests
Biotech industry has a new patron
Department of Biotechnology is playing venture capitalist to private companies to push biotech research in agriculture
"Subsidy culture has killed local agriculture"
Thupstan Chhewang, Chief Executive Councillor and chairperson of the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) speaks to Down To Earth.
Ladakh on the move
Ladakh is the one region in India where sustainable development is the only way ahead. Dry toilets, water efficient crops, cooperative farming, a …
Indian diets are unhealthy: EAT-Lancet report
The report compared food consumption patterns in India with a reference diet from the EAT-Lancet Commission
World Water Week 2023: We must invest in natural solutions like spring revival for water security
Time to move away from a hard-engineering approach and embrace nature-based solutions for water security in hill and mountain communities