• "Food Matters Newsletter, June 2013....."
  • "Details of some resource persons on organic farming, state-wise".
  • 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

Pesticide Action Network Calls for Legally Binding Treaty for Highly Hazardous Pesticides

March 28, 2019 12:47 AM

 

Pesticide Action Network International, 26 Mar 2019

PAN redoubles its call for a global legally binding mechanism for the lifecycle management of pesticides, either as a new standalone treaty or as a legally binding protocol within a new overarching chemicals framework to phase out Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs). PAN is releasing updated versions of two documents underlining the strong need for a legally binding treaty to ban HHPs. These are a PAN International List of Highly Hazardous Pesticides and a PAN International Consolidated List of Banned Pesticides.

 

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The Poisoned People of Kerala

March 21, 2019 12:35 AM

 

Madras Courier, 19 Mar 2019

Unless we put a check on the uncontrolled use of pesticides and weedicides, we are paving the way for disaster

 

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Why India must ban highly hazardous pesticides

March 16, 2019 06:31 PM

 

Hindustan Times, Anand Zachariah and Michael Eddleston, 12 Mar 2019

The ban of HPP as a public health strategy can reduce deaths in the young and active working population to protect life and contribute to the health of the country.

 

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Plummeting insect numbers 'threaten collapse of nature'

February 11, 2019 03:17 AM

 

The Guardian, 10 Feb 2019

The world’s insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, threatening a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems”, according to the first global scientific review. More than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered, the analysis found. The rate of extinction is eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles. The total mass of insects is falling by a precipitous 2.5% a year, according to the best data available, suggesting they could vanish within a century.

 

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Kerala: Weedicide Glyphosate banned

February 05, 2019 01:42 AM

 

The Hindu, 4 Feb 2019

Harmful effects on human health and environment cited. The State government has banned the sale and distribution of the weed-killer Glyphosate and all products containing it citing its harmful effects on human health and the environment.


 

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Two die of suspected pesticide poisoning

January 21, 2019 03:14 AM

 

The Times of India, 20 Jan 2019

KOTTAYAM: Two people died and three others were hospitalized on Friday in an incident suspected to have been related to pesticide poisoning in Thiruvalla

 

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