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BHUBANESWAR: Over 30 prominent academicians and civil society members ofIndia have demanded the Prime Minister to prevail upon the state government to stop land acquisition for the Posco project. They alleged land is being acquired by threatening villagers through police.

"We call upon you to immediately ask the Orissa government to stop......


Land is life. It is the basis of livelihoods for peasants and indigenous people across the Third World and is also becoming the most vital asset in the global economy. As the resource demands of globalisation increase, land has emerged as a key source of conflict. In India, 65 per cent......


On Thakur Das’s farm in northern India, rice fields stretch into the distance, creating a chartreuse sea of waist-high stalks. Mr. Das, 59, gazed out at the crops on his small farm, about 16 kilometers from the city of Dehra Dun, where he grows rice, wheat and corn in rotation,......


Fresh doubts have arisen about the safety of genetically modified crops, with a new study reporting presence of Bt toxin, used widely in GM crops, in human blood for the first time.

Genetically modified crops include genes extracted from bacteria to make them resistant to pest attacks.

These genes make crops......


On 17th May 2011, Navdanya held a Press Conference on the topic of Land grab and Land wars to call for an end to unjust land acquisition for private profits masked under the cloak of public purpose. Across the length and breadth of India, from Bhatta in Uttar Pradesh to......


A quarter of a million Indian farmers have committed suicide in the last 16 years—an average of one suicide every 30 minutes. The......


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