Pesticides like Mancozeb and Captan, classified as Probable Human Carcinogen (US EPA) continue in India.
India has 67 pesticides that have been banned or restricted in other countries.
Nearly 40% of pesticides registered in India belong to Class I and Class II WHO categories of acute toxicity.
Studies show that less than 0.1% of pesticides for pest control fall on target insects. Rest dissipates into the atmosphere, contaminating our resources.
Farming can indeed be done profitably without synthetic pesticides – research proves this; experience on millions of acres shows this.
In Andhra Pradesh, 1000s of farmers have adopted Non Pesticidal Management of crops through a government programme called Community Managed Sustainable Agriculture.

India For Safe Food...

...is a movement for change amongst Indian farmers, consumers and the government to ensure that all Indians have access to safe food, devoid of toxic substances. This movement is being spearheaded by ASHA (Alliance for Sustainable & Holistic Agriculture), an informal network of hundreds of organizations and individuals across twenty states of India and we consider you to be part of this movement!

The Latest Updates

US overhauls law on chemical safety; India should follow suit

Friday, 24 June, 2016

For the first time in its history, the US would be able to regulate chemicals in almost every product it uses. When President Obama signed The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, the Congress finally made some progress towards fixing “one of the worst environmental laws”. Under the new law, the Environmental Protection Agency will have more oversight and stronger tools to monitor cancer-causing chemicals and other chemicals causing health problems in children and adults. Read More

Hundreds of birds die after eating grains sprayed with pesticides

Thursday, 23 June, 2016

Hundreds of birds have died after consuming poisonous grains from a paddy nursery in the fields around village Junona, around 8km from the city. Forest officials took notice of the incident on Wednesday and carried out inquest of the dead bodies of some birds. Local wildlife activists claimed that poisonous chemical sprayed on the paddy nursery led to the bird deaths. Read More


New Delhi, June 9th 2015

Welcoming the swift action by governments with regard to the food safety scare posed by presence of toxins in various processed food brands including Nestle's Maggi noodles, "India For Safe Food" (IFSF: www.indiaforsafefood.in) pointed out that it is unfortunate that issues of food safety are not usually taken seriously enough by governments as well as the public. IFSF points out that the issues that such food scares raise are also about informed choices being left (or not left) with consumers, whether regulation can be relied upon, and about how far have we moved away from natural foods. Read More

Government as well as Tea, Food & Pesticides Industry Should Prioritise Public Concern Around Toxic Pesticides and Act Positively: ASHA

New Delhi, August 27, 2014

In a media statement put out today, ASHA (Alliance for Sustainable & Holistic Agriculture) welcomed the understanding and analysis of Union Minister for Fertilisers Mr Ananth Kumar who said that he will recommend banning of pesticides that are hazardous to our Nature and biodiversity. The Union Minister also said that pesticides that have been banned in other countries could also be banned in India... Read More

60 peacocks found dead

Shiva Kumar Pinna,TNN | Jul 21, 2014, 11.05 AM IST

WARANGAL: Nearly 60 peacocks were found dead in Chitur village of Lingala Ghanapur mandal early on Monday morning. The peacocks died as a result of drinking poisonous water. It is learnt the farmers... Read More

New Report demands that government act against main culprit in Bihar MDM tragedy

New Delhi, July 15th 2014

On the first anniversary of the terrible tragedy that claimed 23 children's lives in Saran district in Bihar due to pesticide poisoning of their school mid day meal, a new report released by India For Safe Food points out that government is not acting decisively on the big culprit here: pesticides, which are not inevitable... Read More

Differences between organic and non-organic food

Home - Organic is different

New findings - organic crops, such as fruit, vegetables and cereals, and crop-based foods are up to 60% higher in a number of key antioxidants than non-organic crops. The findings shatter the myth that how we farm does not affect the quality... Read More

Pesticides impair bumblebees' ability to forage

Press Trust of India | London July 11, 2014 Last Updated at 12:54 IST

Long-term exposure to pesticides harms bees' ability to forage for pollen and may be changing their choices of which flowers to visit, a new study has found.

Scientists used Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags, which are similar to those used by courier firms to track parcels, to monitor the day-to-day behaviour of bumblebees... Read More

10 ways to find out if your food is organic

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Sunday, 15 June 2014 - 2:50pm IST | Agency: DNA

Tired of eating stuff laden with chemicals but don't know how to go about choosing right? Jayashree Joshi Eashwar, co-founder, Dubdengreen, and Mridu Mahajan Pogula... Read More

Will educate people about pesticides in food: Govt to HC

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | May 22, 2014 1:48 am


The Delhi government had claimed that it did not have adequate laboratories and could currently test for only 28 varieties of pesticides.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued draft regulations for food imports and may soon make it mandatory for importers of food and vegetables to produce test reports from authorised labs to ensure pesticide remains in fruits and vegetables were within prescribed limits. Read More

Saudi Arabia bans import of Indian chili peppers

Last Updated: Friday, May 09, 2014, 21:37

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia, the fifth-largest importer of fresh vegetables from India, has banned the import of Indian chili due to the presence of high pesticide residues in it, media reported Friday. Read More

Pesticide scam exposed by Khemka to be probed

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Today's Paper \BB NATIONAL NEW DELHI, March 29, 2014

In a rare act, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture has come to whistleblower Ashok Khemka\92s support, ordering a Central government inquiry into the pesticide scam that the Haryana IAS officer uncovered. Read More

New French law will ban non-agricultural use of pesticides from 2020

The French parliament has adopted a law which prohibits the private or public use of pesticides from 2020 in green areas, forests or public space.

The law which is to start from 1 January 2020 for private individuals and the public excludes the use of pesticides on railways, airport runways or motorways. Read More

Pesticides affect unborn babies' brain

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ANI | Dec 18, 2013, 05.41 PM IST

Pesticides are not only responsible for a decline in bee populations but they can also affect human health and harm the brain development of unborn babies, according to European safety experts. Read More

Fresh veggies exports to Saudi Arabia under threat

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The fifth largest importer finds pesticides residues higher than permissible level, warns to take action soon

Dilip Kumar Jha | Mumbai November 8, 2013 Last Updated at 16:38 IST

Faced with higher than permissible level of pesticides residues in fresh vegetables, Saudi Arabia, India\92s fifth largest importer, has threatened to take strong action in the near future. Read More

Plates loaded with pesticides

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Garima Prasher, TNN | Nov 8, 2013, 05.50 AM IST

BANGALORE: Probably it's time to take a closer look at what's on your platter. Cypermethrin, heptachlor, quinalphos, aldrin, chlorodane, dichlorvas, cypermethrin \97 these banned pesticides could well be a part of your regular diet. Okras, leafy green cabbages and other vegetables, bananas or oranges and apples that you so relish may be overloaded with some of these harmful pesticides. Read More

Pesticide scan on store food

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The Supreme Court today directed all states and Union territories to conduct periodic checks on the markets within their territories for high levels of pesticides and insecticides in the foodstuff they sell. Read More

Pesticides found in cooked food

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amar tejaswi | DCHyderabad, Sept. 25

As long as farmers continue to use pesticides, it will be hard to avoid consuming them.

While it is known that pesticide residues are found in raw vegetables and crops, new rese-arch has shown that even cooked food has residues of pesticides. Read More

Pesticide residue found in rice

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Excessive amounts of Malathion, a general use pesticide, have been detected in a rice sample collected for inspection from the Food Corporation of India godown at Valiyathura here. Read More

\91Expedite withdrawal of hazardous pesticides\92

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Today's Paper \BB NATIONAL \BB NEW DELHI, August 2, 2013


Chapra incident an important reminder, says the United Nations organisation

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Thursday said the death of 23 children at Chapra in Bihar after eating school meal contaminated with monocrotophos was an important reminder to speed up the withdrawal of highly hazardous pesticides from markets in the developing countries. Read More

Weedkillers tied to depression in farmers

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Kerry Grens Reuters 2:34 p.m. CDT, July 26, 2013

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Farmers who used weedkillers were more than twice as likely to be treated for depression than farmers who didn't use the chemicals in a new study from France.

Whether the weedkillers are causing depression "is not clear," said Marc Weisskopf, the study's lead author and an associate professor at the Harvard School of Public Health. "But (the result) suggests we should not be ignoring herbicides just because they're targeting plants." Read More

The poison pill in India's search for cheap food

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Sunday, Jul 28, 2013, 11:57 IST | Agency: Reuters

In the school tragedy, police suspect the children's lunch was cooked in oil that was stored in a used container of monocrotophos.

Nearly a decade ago, the government ruled out a ban on the production and use of monocrotophos, the highly toxic pesticide that killed 23 children this month in a Bihar village school providing free lunches under the government-sponsored mid-day meal programme. Read More

Banned pesticide residues found in vegetable samples

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K. A. Martin

The HIndu In public interest: The findings are being made public not to make the people panic but to look to safer alternatives. \97 File Photo

The Kerala Agricultural University has found \93dangerous levels\94 of pesticide residue in key vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower, vegetable cowpea (achinga), amaranthus red, small red onions, tomatoes, green chillies and curry leaves, among others. Read More

Push supplier states to curb chemical use

Jayashree Nandi, TNN May 30, 2013, 02.05AM IST

NEW DELHI: If Delhi government has to make sure that residents don't eat pesticide-laced food, it will have to push neighboring states to reduce their pesticide usage. Most of Delhi's fruits and vegetables come from Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh. Agricultural experts say that while High Court-appointed panel's recommendations on monitoring pesticide residue levels are welcome, much more needs to be done. Read More

\91Need special cell to monitor pesticide residue in vegetables\92

Press Trust of India : New Delhi, Thu May 30 2013, 01:14 hrs

Favouring intensified monitoring of pesticide residues in fruits and vegetables sold in Delhi, an expert committee set up by the High Court on Wednesday suggested that the Delhi government establish a special cell to handle such issues.

Filing its suggestions before the bench of Chief Justice D Murugesan and Justice Jayant Nath, the committee comprising experts and government officials said the pesticide residue testing infrastructure with the city government is also required to be strengthened. Read More

Pesticide exposure linked to Parkinson's disease

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IANS | May 28, 2013, 01.15 PM IST

Researchers have analysed more than 100 global studies to show that exposure to pesticides, weed killers and solvents is likely to be associated with a higher risk for developing Parkinson's disease.

The research appears in the May 28 print issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Read More

What\92s in your food?

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With lifestyle diseases so rampant today, shouldn't we turn our attention to clean and safe eating practices, asks Geeta Padmanabhan.

Watch carefully what you eat, said Anantha Sayanam, coordinator, Safe Food Alliance and founder-volunteer, Restore \97 a not-for-profit organic retail outlet. That's "clean eating", right? Call it "safe eating", he corrected me. But "clean eating" is the current buzzword \97 routinely tagged to tweets, found in blogs, posted on Instagram and Facebook, and seen on television screens. Is it a diet? A trendy lifestyle? A passing fancy?

Clean food is a simple concept; it's what eating was always about, said Dr. David Katz, Director, Yale University Prevention Research Centre. "Food that's clean is food that's for the most part real, not encumbered with things that compromise health: artificial flavourings, artificial colourings, sugar substitutes." Read More

Delhi HC for pesticide check on vegetables, fruits

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The Delhi high court on Wednesday ordered surprise checks of wholesale and retail markets in the Capital to ensure that vegetable and fruits on sale do not have pesticide residue beyond permissible limits.

The court was acting on survey reports filed by consumer rights NGOs which said that vegetables and fruits finding its way to Capital\92s markets are a toxic cocktail capable of pesticides including those banned causing cancer, heart disease and infertility and posing a risk to nervous system and liver. Read More

Alarming pesticide residue levels detected in vegetables, fruits

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The pesticide residue levels in cardamom and curry leaves sold in the state are found to be at an alarming rate. Presence of pesticides that are banned in the state was also found in a study conducted by Kerala Agricultural University (KAU), Vellayani.

Tests on the samples collected from various markets in the state showed that the pesticide levels in these spices cross the maximum residue levels(MRL), the permissible amount of pesticide residues in food materials. Read More

BCCC approves telecast of 'Satyamev Jayate's pesticide episode

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Aamir Khan's show, 'Satyamev Jayate' was in trouble with the Pesticides Manufacturers and Formulators Association of India (PMFAI) after an episode on pesticides went on air on June 24 last year.

PMFAI said that the episode had no experts from the Ministry of Agriculture, Central Insecticides Board or Indian Council of Agricultural Research, and in the complaint, had written that "further telecast of Satyamev Jayate should be stopped" as they were spreading wrong, unscientific information.

The Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC) met on April 12 with representatives of Star Plus,Aamir Khan Productions and PMFAI representatives to discuss this.

The BCCC found that even though the programme was critical of the use of pesticides, they dealt with the issue with proper sensitivity and maturity. Read More

Govt f louts its own pest control norms

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THE regulatory system for chemical pesticides in India is in a shambles. Government agencies are themselves blatantly violating the national law meant to regulate the use of pesticides.

State agriculture departments, agriculture universities, National Horticulture Board ( NHB), Tea Board, Spices Board and other government agencies are promoting the use of harmful pesticides among farmers, a new investigation by the Centre for Science and Environment ( CSE) has revealed. Read More

Pesticide usage: Dealers call the shots

They decide which pesticide and in what quantities are to be used by farmers.

A recent Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) study found that government's extension services to monitor pesticide usage have failed completely in reaching out to farmers. Farmers say they have no option but to depend on pesticide dealers for advice. Recommendations from agriculture universities don't reach them. They end up using any pesticide indiscriminately no matter how toxic.Read More

Link found between pesticides and type-2 diabetes IANS | Feb 6, 2013, 01.57 PM IST

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Pesticides in food, air and water may be directly linked with the development of type 2 diabetes, regardless of a person's age, genderor body mass index, a new Spanish research study has found.

These substances tend to concentrate in body fat, and they might be one of the reasons why obese people are more likely to develop diabetes, since the greater the fat, the higher the pesticide concentrations in the body, researchers from the University of Granada found.Read More

IFSF petitions handed over to Sharad Pawar's office

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 Despite repeated requests for an appointment and despite ten volunteers of the India For Safe Food campaign from different states camping in Delhi for 3 days in the last week of November, the Agriculture Minister did not give an appointment to meet the delegation.

However, on December 14th, eleven volunteers went into the Krishi Bhawan on behalf of the IFSF campaign from all over the country and handed over the first batch of petitions to the PS to the Minister. They once again formally requested for an appointment with the Minister.

There as an appointment promised on December 18th 2012 which was cancelled at the last minute. We are still awaiting a larger and detailed audience from the Minister to present the campaign concerns and demands in detail". Read More

Passengers on India's \91cancer train\92 share stories of pain and hope

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 Bhatinda, India \97 The train crawls into the grimy station, and scores of anxious cancer patients scramble to find assigned berths, floor space, even corners. Wrapped in large woolen blankets against the wintry cold, the passengers prepare for an overnight journey to the nearest public hospital, 220 miles away.

Many call it India\92s \93cancer train.\94

A woman is traveling with her family of six to be tested for cancer. A husband and wife are taking their teenage daughter for her third chemotherapy session. A man accompanies his wife to learn whether she has suffered a relapse in the past six months.

The patients travel from the fertile farming areas of the northern state of Punjab, a region that reports an alarmingly high use of pesticides. The train has become a magnet for cancer campaigners and groups fighting for laws to restrict the use of pesticides, and has been featured on posters and in promotional videos and publicized at international conferences. Read More

Aamir Khan whets Hyderabad’s appetite for organic food

The Indian Express | October 6, 2012
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 Does anybody seriously know what is biodiversity conference? And, what is this Meeting of Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety? But people in the twin cities sure do know what are genetically modified (GM) crops and of course, organic farming and organic food products. How? Not because of any conference but thanks largely to Aamir Khan’s highly successful 'Satyamev Jayate'. Read More

Sowing cancer in the grain bowl

The Pioneer | September 6, 2012
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In the lush fields of Punjab germinates a scary tale. Farmers there live in a disturbing cesspool of toxicity, as a result of excessive and unregulated use of pesticides and chemical fertilisers Read More

Exposure to pesticide behind childhood cough

The Times of India | September 6, 2012
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Children exposed to the widely used pesticide additive piperonyl butoxide (PBO) in the womb have heightened risk of noninfectious cough at ages 5 and 6, a new study has found.  Read More

Scores of cranes die in Muktsar village

THE TIMES OF INDIA | September 3, 2012
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A team of wildlife department officials on Sunday visited Pakki Tibbi village of Muktsar district, where hundreds of common cranes were found dead a day earlier. Read More

Riding for safe food

The Hindu | August 27, 2012
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Over 50 cyclists gathered at the Cubbon Park here on Sunday to participate in the India for Safe Food campaign.Not only did they cycle from there to Lalbagh, they also stopped on the way to talk to people about their cause, distribute posters and create awareness about ecological farming. Read More