• "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 exposure linked to Parkinson's disease

May 28, 2013 01:15 PM


The Times of India, 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.


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What's in your food?

May 23, 2013 07:27 PM


The Hindu, 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."


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Delhi HC for pesticide check on vegetables, fruits

May 11, 2013 10:22 AM


Hindustan Times, 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.


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Alarming pesticide residue levels detected in vegetables, fruits

May 11, 2013 09:55 AM


New Indian Express - THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, 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.


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BCCC approves telecast of 'Satyamev Jayate's pesticide episode

April 27, 2013 12:00 PM


The Times of India | Saloni Bhatia | TNN, 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.


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Govt f louts its own pest control norms

March 30, 2013 07:18 AM


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.


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Pesticide usage: Dealers call the shots

March 30, 2013 04:18 AM


The Times of India | Jayashree Nandi | TNN, NEW DELHI: Innumerable guidelines, rules and safety standards may be in place to regulate pesticide usage but guess who call the shots? Pesticide dealers.


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.


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Link found between pesticides and type-2 diabetes IANS

February 06, 2013 01:57 PM


The Times of India, 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.


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IFSF petitions handed over to Sharad Pawar's office

December 14, 2012 12:00 AM


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.


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Aamir Khan whets Hyderabad's appetite for organic food

October 06, 2012 09:51 AM


The Indian Express - Rahul V Pisharody - Hyderabad, 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'.


From start up companies to marketing executives, all those involved in the sale of organic products are a happy lot and are of the unanimous opinion that Satyamev Jayate has fuelled demand for them in a big way. In fact, according to them, the demand for organic products in the city has been increasing by almost 50per cent every year.


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Sowing cancer in the grain bowl

September 06, 2012 12:00 AM


The Pioneer, 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.


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Exposure to pesticide behind childhood cough

September 06, 2012 12:00 AM


The Times of India, 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.


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Scores of cranes die in Muktsar village

September 03, 2012 02:59 AM


THE TIMES OF INDIA | Mukesh Tandon | TNN | MUKTSAR: 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. Although officials are still not clear about the reason behind deaths, there is a strong suspicion that the birds may have died of pesticides in pond water. Officials have sent the carcass of some birds for post mortem examination.


"We got information about the death of birds on Saturday. Only postmortem report will make clear the reason of deaths," said Wild Life Sanctuary, Abohar range, Inspector Kulwant Singh. Pakki Tibbi village falls in Lambi constituency, which is represented by chief minister Parkash Singh Badal.


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Riding for safe food

August 27, 2012 12:00 AM


The Hindu, 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.


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