- "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.
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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.
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.
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
January 17, 2019 03:11 AM
Environmental Sciences Europe, Charles M. Benbrook, 14 Jan 2019
The US EPA considers glyphosate as “not likely to be carcinogenic to humans.” The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans (Group 2A).” EPA asserts that there is no convincing evidence that “glyphosate induces mutations in vivo via the oral route.” IARC concludes there is “strong evidence” that exposure to glyphosate is genotoxic through at least two mechanisms known to be associated with human carcinogens (DNA damage, oxidative stress). Why and how did EPA and IARC reach such different conclusions?
January 08, 2019 03:09 AM
The Week, New Delhi, 7 Jan 2019
A tribal child in Madhya Pradesh's Ratlam district reportedly consumed insecticide out of hunger, prompting the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) to set up an inquiry into the matter. The incident allegedly took place on December 31 when even after repeated requests, the child was not given wheat by the local ration shop, sources said, reacting to local media reports.
December 23, 2018 03:05 AM
The NEWS Minute, Reena Gupta, 21 Dec 2018
Fifteen people died in Karnataka after a temple’s prasadam was poisoned with Monocrotophos, an insecticide that’s been banned in many countries, but is still freely sold in India.
December 22, 2018 03:07 AM
Financial Express, 21 Dec 2018
Over 10,000 Mumbaikars, including cancer patients and farmers, will march for healthy and ‘toxicity-free’ good foodstuff grown naturally without using deadly chemicals or pesticides, an organiser said here on Friday.
December 20, 2018 03:01 AM
The Japan Times, 19 Dec 2018
NEW DELHI - A toxic pesticide that a U.N. agency wanted India to ban a decade ago contaminated food that killed at least 15 people at a temple last week, police said on Tuesday. More than 100 also had to go to hospital after devotees consumed portions of tomato rice blessed at the Hindu temple in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. A senior police officer told Reuters laboratory tests showed the presence of monocrotophos — a pesticide that attacks the nerves — in food and vomit samples.
December 06, 2018 02:56 AM
Yavatmal, 5 Dec 2018: about 150 farmers and farmworkers gathered in Pallavi Mangal Karyalay, Yavatmal to observe No Pesticide Use Week and the World Soil day (December 5th) today. Pestcide Action Network (PAN) India, PAN AP and the Shetkari Nyayhakk Andolan Samiti in Yavatmal organized this meeting of farming community, with the title “Impact of Pesticides on Soil and Children of the Soil”. A Maharashtra Association of Pesticide Poisoned Persons was launched. A Yavatmal Declaration has been approved and released. Participants pledged to work together at community level and also with District, State and Central governments to end pesticide poisoning of people and soil.
November 13, 2018 02:57 AM
The Times of India, 12 Nov 2018
Trichy: Birds such as cattle egrets, lapwings and pond herons once common in paddy fields during ploughing, have become a rarity nowadays.
October 26, 2018 02:54 AM
GM Watch, 25 Oct 2018
Manufacturers, marketers, and dealers in Punjab will not be allowed to sell the chemical or its formulations and sellers will have to return unused stock. 1. Glyphosate, its formulations banned in Punjab, 2. Punjab bans cancer causing glyphosate weedicide
October 25, 2018 10:21 PM
Business Line, 24 Oct 2018
Central Insecticide Board and Registration Committee has recommended the herbicide only for use in tea gardens and non-cropped areas. Punjab Government has decided to ban the sale of all formulations containing weedicide glyphosate, a day after a court in San Francisco upheld the weed killer’s role in causing cancer.