An Open Letter to the Environment Minister

Posted on Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Jairam RameshJanuary 12, 2010

To,
Mr. Jairam Ramesh
Hon’ble Minister of Environment & Forests
Paryavaran Bhavan
CGO Complex, Lodhi Road
New Delhi – 110 003

SUB : NATIONAL CONSULATION ON BT. BRINJAL

Dear Jairam,

I would like to begin by thanking you for taking the initiative to hold public hearings on Bt. Brinjal. I think it is the first time a humble vegetable has been made the subject of a National Consultation. “

On behalf of the “baigan” and millions of small “baigan” growers who have conserved the rich diversity of brinjal in India, thank you.

I write to you as an expert on Biosafety who made major contributions for the introduction of Article 19.3 on Biosafety in the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and was a member of the expert group on Biosafety set up by the Convention to evolve the framework of the Biosafety protocol and as an advisor to many Governments on issues of Biosafety.

I also write to you as the Founder of Navdanya, the largest network of organic producers in the country. My main concerns are the false scientific assumptions underlying the Biosafety assessment of Bt. Brinjal and the impact of Bt. Brinjal and GM crops on our organic farmers.

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Biopiracy

Posted on Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Biopiracy is a term used to describe how corporations from the developed world allegedly claim ownership of or otherwise take unfair advantage of, the genetic resources and traditional knowledge and technologies of developing countries. This creates an inequality between developing countries rich in biodiversity and developed countries that have power pharmaceutical industries that can exploit this resource.

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Rising Food Prices: Vegetables and Pulses

Posted on Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

The past few years have shown a sharp incline in food prices the world over. For developing countries, the implications can be particularly devastating especially for the vulnerable sections forcing the poor to reduce food consumption and nutrition and pushing the near poor back into poverty.

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Rising Food Prices

Posted on Monday, January 4th, 2010

The rapid rise in food prices has been a burden on the poor in developing countries, who spend roughly half of their household incomes on food. These soaring prices have triggered world-wide concern about threats to global food security and the nutrition situation of poor people in developing countries.

In 2007 the food price index calculated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) rose by nearly 40 percent, compared with 9 percent the year before, and in the first months of 2008 prices again increased drastically.

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Letter from the Field : by Tiffany

Posted on Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

Dear Diary,

I’m sending you all (my beloved friends and family) love and blessings from the beautiful Navdanya Biodiversity Conservation farm in the North of India. I arrived here 1 month ago to give yoga classes at their “Gandhi and Globalization” course. It was a beautiful 2 weeks devoted to discovering the essence of Mahatma Gandhi’s teachings and contemplating the applicability of this vision in today’s world. We were gifted by the presence of such greats as Satish Kumar, Samdhong Rinpoche, Vandana Shiva and Sunderlal Bahuguna, who are all living examples of Gandhian non-violent resistance, peace work and local sovereignty. It was a rich time filled with so much sharing, hope, growth and inspiration

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Beyond Copenhagen: Navdanya’s Way Forward

Posted on Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

Over the years there has been an increasing consumption of organically farmed food. People who eat organic swear by it and say that not only is it healthier, but it tastes better and comes from small scale farmers and thus encourages more production. There is also a long standing debate on whether organic farming does in fact mitigate climate change. The jury is still out on that one.

We, here at Navdanya however,  believe that organic farming can play an important role in countering climate change. Our belief is of course backed by huge amounts of research and date.

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Navdanya at Copenhagen

Posted on Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

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