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Pesticide Poisoning in India

Across the world, studies show rising numbers in pesticide poisonings. Pesticide poisoning is a big problem in India. Due to various challenges, the data on pesticide poisoning compiled by the National Crime Records Bureau is not comprehensive. There is a direct linkage between intensive pesticide usage and poisoning. Pesticide poisoning—a growing public health issue—is ignored by the medical community, police, agriculture departments, and other regulatory authorities.

'Prajateerpu': Food and Farming Futures for Andhra Pradesh

In many countries 'representative' democracy that relies on the accountability of elected politicians has been heavily criticised for its frequent inability to protect the interests of a large proportion of its citizens. Over the past quarter century a number of 'participatory' methods have been developed to supplement conventional democratic processes by moving beyond traditional forms of consultation. Increasingly, the introduction of new technologies and all policy processes involves making decisions without being able to predict the effects of different courses of action. Participatory methods can be invaluable in such situations. Prajateerpu - a citizens' jury on food and farming futures in Andhra Pradesh - was a six-day exercise in deliberative democracy involving marginal-livelihood citizens from the different regions of the state. A report.

Pesticide Spraying in Kerala

The aerial spraying of pesticides on cashew plantations in Kerala has now been documented to have taken a heavy toll on human health and environmental well-being. Ironically, the anticipated economic gains from it now stand questioned as industrial countries are increasingly rejecting cashew kernel imports contaminated by chemical spraying.

Cotton : Survival Struggle

An attack by the American bollworm pest is feared to have caused considerable damage to the cotton crop in Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan. The news has distressing echoes of the incidents of 1998-99, when failure of the cotton crop due a bollworm attack resulted in suicides by hundreds of farmers in Punjab, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. As early as July, Punjab Agricultural University experts who had visited the cotton-growing areas of the state had observed the pest feeding on the cotton plants. This year acreage under cotton has gone up in all the three states. In Punjab, cotton cultivation has expanded by almost 1 lakh hectares, in a shift away from paddy to diversify agriculture. Yet the estimate of cotton output for the 2001-02 (October-September) crop year is being revised downward from the record 17 million bales (of 170 kg each) forecast earlier.
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