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, by Infochange

How fertilisers are killing Indian agriculture

The huge government subsidy of Rs 12,000 crore is not only a financial millstone around our neck. By encouraging unrestrained use of fertilisers it is destroying our soils and agriculture. More and more farmers themselves are questioning the policy, having experienced a host of problems with (...)

, by IIED

Fair Miles: Recharting the food miles map

Today’s food is well travelled. A pack of green beans in a Northern supermarket may have journeyed 6000 miles, or 60. But while food miles loom large in our carbon-aware times, transporting it counts for less than you might think. And there is a far bigger picture. Food is more than a plateful (...)

, by Frontline

Bitter story of sugar cane

An inexplicable pricing regime and skewed export-import policies bring about a crisis for sugarcane farmers and consumers alike. From Rs.17 a kilogram barely six months ago to Rs.42 a kg now, sugar is fast running out of the common man’s reach. The crisis is likely to turn worse because a (...)

, by Civil Eats , PATEL Raj

The Trap of Green Consumerism

The notion that somehow we can transform the world by shopping is a debilitating one, and it’s one that George Monbiot has recently done a fine job of skewering. In his latest, he references a piece in the journal Nature in which it appears that consumers who buy green goods feel that their (...)

Green signal for Bt brinjal

Bt brinjal is a step away from becoming India’s first genetically modified food crop. Whether it will enter our kitchens, now depends on the Union environment ministry.
On October 14, the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (geac, the clearing house for all genetically modified crops in (...)

, by Focus on the global south , BELLO Walden

Food Wars

Walden Bello, Verso, 2009, 192 p.

The hike in global food prices has pushed hundreds of millions more people into poverty, and sparked riots and protests in the Middle East, Africa and the Americas. Walden Bello, the leading writer and activist on the global South, provides a penetrating analysis of the various causes: not just (...)

Food Rebellions! Crisis and the hunger for justice

Fahamu Books, 2009, £12.95

Food Rebellions! is a powerful handbook for those seeking to understand the causes and potential solutions to the current food crisis now affecting nearly half of the world’s people. Why are food riots are occurring around the world in a time of record harvests? What are the real impacts of (...)

The real cost of agrofuels: food, forest and the climate

Agrofuels, which rely on large scale industrial monocultures, are a cause of global warming, not part of a solution. Promoted as a means to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, they are in fact resulting in greater emissions because they promote deforestation and the destruction of other ecosystems (...)

, by CRAEYNEST Lies

From rural livelihoods to agricultural growth The land policies of the UK Department of International Development

Transnational Institute and 11.11.11, Land Policy Series 4, February 2009

This paper examines the policies and practices on land of the Department for International Development (DfID) of the United Kingdom. While DfID’s approach to land reform in the 1980s reflected the dictates of modernisation, formal registration and market-led distribution of land of the (...)

, by GRAIN

Seized: The 2008 landgrab for food and financial security

Today’s food and financial crises have, in tandem, triggered a new global land grab. On the one hand, “food insecure” governments that rely on imports to feed their people are snatching up vast areas of farmland abroad for their own offshore food production. On the other hand, food corporations (...)

, by HALWEIL Brian

Farming Fish for the Future

Worldwatch Report, 50 pages, E-book $12.95

From Asia to North America, people are eating more seafood, either because it’s the most affordable form of protein (as in many poorer nations) or because it’s the latest health food trend (as in many wealthy nations). But as the demand for fish rises, populations of both marine and freshwater (...)

, by Bilaterals

Food Safety on the Butcher’s Block

by Christine Ahn

On April 11, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a report that found that of the national efforts to improve U.S. food safety, “none of the targets were reached in 2007.” According to the CDC, 76 million Americans — one in four — come down with food poisoning every year. Among the most (...)

, by Pambazuka

The destruction of African agriculture

Biofuel production is certainly one of the culprits in the current global food crisis. But while the diversion of corn from food to biofuel feedstock has been a factor in food prices shooting up, the more primordial problem has been the conversion of economies that are largely (...)

, by Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO)

Sustainability issues in the tea sector: a comparative analysis of six leading producing countries

Sanne van der Wal, June 2008, 110 p. (pdf)

Tea is the second most popular drink in the world, after water. For a number of developing countries it is an important commodity in terms of jobs and export earnings. Tea production is labour intensive and the industry provides jobs in remote rural areas. Millions of livelihoods around the (...)

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Green reasons for red rage

By Richard Mahapatra

An expert group of the Planning Commission establishes a strong correlation between social unrest and the spread of Naxalism and poverty, landlessness and inequitable management of natural resources
An expert group on development challenges in extremist-affected areas (read: Naxalite-affected (...)