• "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: The silent killer

August 07, 2018 08:04 PM


The Tribune, 6 Aug 2018

Despite the Supreme Court’s order to phase out some pesticides that are banned overseas, the Centre appears indecisive for reasons best known to it, while the states are hamstrung due to tweaking of rules, says Kavitha Kuruganti


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The real weed

July 27, 2018 07:11 PM


Down To Earth, 26 Jul 2018

The WHO says it causes cancer and studies link it to many diseases. Countries have been struggling to ban or restrict its use. But a new movement to ban this chemical is gaining ground


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By 2027, we hope all farmers will stop using pesticides: Expert

July 20, 2018 07:15 PM


The Indian Express, 19 Jul 2018

Dr Ramanjaneyulu stressed over the urgent need for Punjab to turn to natural and organic farming, need for policy change and enhancement in research and regulations and most importantly, government support to support organic farming and farmers


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Soil Pollution: A Hidden Reality

July 16, 2018 06:54 PM


FAO, 2018

"An extensive review of scientific research about the effects of pesticide use on soil functions was recently undertaken by the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soil (FAO and ITPS, 2017). The main scientific-based evidence presented in this work showed an increase in the farmers’ net return when they applied pesticides, however the benefits of pesticide use are usually assessed by comparing use of synthetic pesticides versus no use of pesticides rather than comparing synthetic pesticides to biological control of pests (Cai, 2008). Negative associated impacts of specific pesticides on soil organisms and soil functions have been also reported." (p.52)

"For example pesticides that have been taken off the market in High Income Countries (HICs) due to their severe adverse effects on human health and the environment frequently remain registered in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs). As pesticides residues can be found throughout the entire ecosystem, pesticide monitoring programmes about the level of residues in soils, surface and groundwater as well as and drinking water but particularly in food items are very important. However, in many low and middle income countries monitoring programmes are inexistent due to their scarcity of regulation capacity" (p.53).


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The Supreme Court Has a Chance to Save Tens of Thousands of Indian Lives

June 16, 2018 07:52 PM


The Wire, Leah Utyasheva and Michael Eddleston, 13 Jun 2018

Pesticide poisoning is the leading method of suicide among both men and women in the country. It is also the method that is easiest to prevent – by banning and removing highly hazardous ones from agricultural practice through legislation.


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State ban renews debate on harmful pesticides in India

February 16, 2018 02:48 AM


Chemistry World, 15 Feb 2018

The northern Indian state of Punjab has moved to ban 20 pesticides. This comes as the nation as a whole is attempting to crackdown on pesticides that are most harmful to human health and the environment. The pesticides banned include phosphamidon, endosulfan, triazophos, alachlor and monochrotophos. Many of these chemicals are banned in a number of countries but are still in use in many parts of India. The Stockholm Convention banned endosulfan in more than 120 countries in 2011, including India.


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Lax regulatory regime sows the seeds of spurious pesticides

December 11, 2017 11:28 AM


New Delhi: The deaths of farmers in Maharashtra, Odisha and now in Tamil Nadu allegedly due to pesticide poisoning have yet again brought into focus the regulatory regime for agro-chemicals. Pesticides and agro-chemicals are governed by the Insecticides Act, 1968, and Insecticides Rules, 1971, which regulate import, registration, manufacture, sale, transport, distribution and use of insecticides (pesticides).


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