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, by Down to earth , NARAIN Sunita

Not learning from Bhopal

It is 25 years of the Bhopal gas disaster—the night when chemicals spewed out of the Union Carbide factory to kill and maim thousands over generations. The question is if we have learnt from the disaster—learnt how to handle chemical accidents; to dispose of industrial toxic waste; to manage (...)

, by India together

Our atom state

The atomic energy programme is an economic failure as well as an environmental disaster. Moreover, by its very functioning, the Atomic Energy Commission has undermined the democratic ideals of the nation. Although its power plants profess to produce goods for the benefit of the public, they are (...)

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 Down to earth

Radioactive mirage

by Savvy Soumya Misra

Under the winter sky of January flamboyant French President Nicolas Sarkozy sat next to Indian President Pratibha Patil and watched the Republic Day parade last year. Eight months later India and France shook hands to sign an agreement on civil nuclear cooperation. Business followed diplomacy. (...)

, by Americas Policy Program

Study Released in Argentina Puts Glyphosate Under Fire

by Marie Trigona

Argentina has seen an explosion in genetically modified (GM) soy bean production with soy exports topping $16.5 billion in 2008. The fertile South American nation is now the world’s third largest producer of soy, trailing behind the United States and Brazil. However, this lucrative industrial (...)

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 ETC Group

Who Owns Nature?

In this 100th issue of the ETC Communiqué we update Oligopoly, Inc. – our ongoing series tracking corporate concentration in the life industry. We also analyze the past three decades of agribusiness efforts to monopolize the 24% of living nature that has been commodified, and expose a new (...)

Shared concens and issues emerging from the 1st Science & Democracy World Forum

This text is the initial result of the 1st which took place in Belém on 26-27 January 2009.
It has been written and accepted by citizens of 18 countries from 4 continents. It initiates an open and inclusive global process that seeks to build an international network of movements, organizations (...)

, by Amis de la Terre International (FOEI)

Who benefits from GM crops?

feeding the biotech giants, not the world’s poor

Friends of the Earth International warned today that biotech crops are benefiting biotech food giants instead of small farmers and the world’s hungry population, which due to the food crisis is projected to increase to 1.2 billion by the year 2025. [1]
The warning was issued in a new report [2] (...)

A report back from the iSummit ’08 labs

iSummit in Sapporo, Japan from 29 July to 1 August, 2008

During the final plenary session of the iSummit ’08, participants from each lab did a report back on what was achieved in their meetings and workshops over the last three days, and what their plans are for the future. The iSummit reporters collaborated on a final article to share their feedback (...)

, by ACB

African model law on safety in biotechnology

Draft Revised African Model Law-August 2007

Whereas, modern biotechnology has promise for the improvement of human wellbeing, its potential adverse effects on the environment, biological diversity and human health are causing a growing public concern; Whereas, it is the responsibility of the Government to ensure the safety of the people (...)

, by GenderIT

Unequal protection, cyber crime and the internet in India

In assessing cyber crime legislation, policy makers and gender and development advocates must carefully consider the implications for privacy and information security. On the one hand, ICT have created opportunities to combat inequality through movements and communities against issues that were (...)

, by Science and Development Network (SciDev.Net)

Q&A: Advocating open source drugs

T. V. Padma

Brahmachari: "Why should we worry about intellectual property protection for infectious diseases and diseases of the poor?"
Leading geneticist Samir Brahmachari explains why India should kickstart a new ’open source’ approach to drug discovery for diseases like TB.
Samir Brahmachari is one of (...)

, by APCNoticias

Software: free West Africa?

So as to play a part in the information society, free software could drive the computerisation of West Africa. But although migration to free software may be a development alternative, it first has to transit via organising the world of developers and navigate through the interests of (...)