Seminar on Health per Acre – Organic Solutions to Hunger

Posted on Friday, February 25th, 2011

Dear Friends,

Navdanya is organizing a seminar on “Health per Acre – Organic Solutions to Hunger and Malnutrition” on March 26, 2011 from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm at Conference Room No. 1, India International Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.

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Seedy Deals

Posted on Friday, February 18th, 2011

Dr Vandana Shiva
India is planning to replace the rules under the Environment Protection Act with a Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India (Brai) Act. This will give genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) fast-track approvals and throw its critics into jail. The recently-appointed minister of science and technology, Ashwini Kumar, has announced that the Government of India is planning to introduce four bills in the upcoming Budget session — Brai Bill, DNA Profiling Bill, Regional Centre for Biotechnology Bill and the Public Funded R&D (Protection and Utilisation of Public Funded Intellectual Property) Bill. The Prime Minister’s Office has already written to various state governments suggesting partnerships with corporations in the seed sector. This rush to push genetically-modified and patented seeds ignores evidence that GMOs will not be able to provide food security. Genetically-engineered seeds are patented. Patents allow companies to collect royalties. This increases the price of seed. Patents also force the farmer to buy seed every year. This pushes up the price of seed and traps farmers in debt. Debt has already pushed 2,50,000 Indian farmers to suicide in the last 15 years. Citizens as consumers also pay a very high price. They are forced to eat food with toxic genes. Biodiversity is replaced with uniformity; Taste and quality are replaced with hazards; And freedom to choose is replaced with force feeding.
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Seeds of Hope, Gardens of Hope: two inspirational success stories

Posted on Thursday, February 10th, 2011

The Dehradun Garden of Hope programme celebrates the Harvest of Hope Festival at Bija Vidyapeet

December saw the wrap-up of the first season of Navdanya’s Seeds of Hope, Gardens of Hope programme in Dehradun.  Over the past four months, the interns at Bija Vidyapeeth have had the pleasure of working with a dynamic groups of students from Dehradun and are overwhelmed by the successes of the school gardens established at GPS Sherpur, Ann Marys’ School and Hilton School.

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Screening of “The Economics of Happiness”

Posted on Monday, February 7th, 2011

Join us for a special New Delhi screening of The Economics of Happiness, followed by

a discussion with producer Helena Norberg-Hodge and Dr. Vandana Shiva.

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