• "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

ASHA's inputs for the Pesticides Management Bill 2019

December 01, 2019 07:30 PM


As a new Pesticides Management Bill was listed for introduction in the Parliament in the Winter Session of 2019, Alliance for Sustainable & Holistic Agriculture submitted its inputs on such a proposed statute, based on the version of the Bill that the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare had put out in 2018. ASHA argues that regulation has to reflect the evolution of evidence around the ill effects of pesticides, as well as the post-modern science of pest management.


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Pesticides-related news articles

December 01, 2019 07:23 PM


1) India and 16 other countries complain to WTO about EU's reduced pesticide residue limits not being backed by science. https://www.freshplaza.com/article/9162311/india-and-16-other-nations-complain-to-wto-about-eu-s-pesticide-residue-limits/

2) Thousands of migratory birds died in Jaipur, pesticide laden seed suspected to have been the reason behind it. www.indiatoday.in/india/story/jaipur-1000-migratory-birds-dead-sambhar-lake-1618141-2019-11-12

3) A new study uses primary survey data collected from Vidarbha, Maharashtra, to analyse pest attacks and pest management practices among cotton farmers who are at the risk of long-term exposure to toxic pesticides. We find that despite a reduction in bollworm infestations, secondary pest pressure is high. Farmers use pesticides indiscriminately and there is widespread practice of using “pesticide cocktails.” Farmers also mix pesticides with fertilisers. The use of weedicides and “tonics” is also widely prevalent. Farmers who perceive pesticides as yield-enhancing input spent more per acre on them. These findings raise concerns about the role of agricultural input dealers in filling up the agricultural information void for pest management.


4) ‘Raising awareness, compliance were key to reducing pesticide use’: Punjab Agriculture Secretary, Kahan Singh Pannu, states that Punjab has been able to cut down its pesticide use quite significantly.

5) A pesticide series special by Deccan Herald (on risk of multiple pesticide residues, lack of science in pesticide management in India and how farmers, consumers and ecology fall prey to pesticides): https://www.deccanherald.com/specials/insight/risk-of-multiple-pesticide-residues-774952.html


6) Maharashtra state government doubles compensation for pesticide inhalation deaths from Rs 2 lakhs to Rs 4 lakhs. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/compensation-for-pesticide-inhalation-deaths-doubled/articleshow/71912482.cms


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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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