Archive for the ‘Organic Farming’ Category

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Yes, cows are coming to the Rodale Institute! We know a diversified farm is a healthy farm, and after years of building our soil and our research with cropping-systems only, it is time to invite grazing livestock back to the farm. This important work is one of the many ways in which we work to improve organic farming and food production. But we need your help.
Your membership makes possible new projects–like our dairy cow initiative– and ensures the continuation of our many other Rodale Institute initiatives in research, outreach and education.
Right now we’re preparing our fields to incorporate our neighboring farm’s dairy herd of 125 cows into our crop rotation.
Lean over the fence with our members-only newsletter to share in the progress of the herd and keep up-to-date on all the projects happening around the farm you’ve helped support.
Together we can:
Reveal the core benefits—environmental and economical—of an integrated crop and livestock rotation.
Share with farmers the benefits and best practices of incorporating grazing livestock back onto their land.
Spread the word by sharing our experiences and research findings with scientists, policy-makers, gardeners and consumers.
Secure the future of a healthy food supply.
Become a member today.
Our health depends upon it!

Kisan Swaraj yatra – coming to Kerala – Can we join the campaign

Dear Friends,

I hope you remember that since the last year and earlier this year, we all joined the  campaign against G M crops in India.  The response was very encouraging and we were able to communicate message to the people, media as well as to state govt. Although with the active efforts of Minister of Environment and Forest Mr. Jaiam Ramesh Govt. of India and with active support of State Governments like Kerala, has temporarily stopped the commercial cultivation of GM Brinjal but many other issues are still there which needs strong discussion and advocacy. Alliance for Sustainable & Holistic Agriculture (ASHA), a network of individuals and organizations across the country that has grown out of this movement has decided to initiate these issues.

The Alliance for Sustainable & Holistic Agriculture (ASHA), has announced that a Kisan Swaraj Yatra would set off from Sabarmati Ashram on October 2nd 2010, to remind all Indians of our hard-won independence and the insidious ways in which agri-business corporations, supported by the State are taking this independence and sovereignty away, especially with regard to our food and farming. This Yatra is a call for joining forces to save Indian farming and farmers mired in deep distress and to forge a sustainable path forward for Indian farming.

The Yatra will highlight issues such as seeds sovereignty, land grab, climate change, food sovereignty and security, GE seeds, chemical pesticides, farm produce pricing, etc. that directly and indirectly affect small farmers in addition to bringing up a debate around the proposed Green Revolution in Eastern India, the tie-ups that several governments have with MNCs like Monsanto, the continuing saga of farmers suicides and so on.

The Yatra will also raise the concerns over free trade and bilateral agreements, the proposed food security and seeds laws, BRAI Bill, the handing over of public resources for private gains etc. The Kisan Swaraj Yatra will also draw in urban consumers into its fold and will raise issues of food safety, consumer choices etc. The Yatra will celebrate the conservation of diversity by farmers, farmers knowledge and will highlight the successes of ecological farming. The participants will develop concurrent events, programmes, campaigns in accordance with the needs and priorities in their respective states.

The Yatra will visit Kerala from 26th to 29th of October. A concept note in English is attached. We have to plan the programmes for Kerala.  The Yatra will travel through Kasaragod, Kannur, Kozhikode, Malappuram and Palakkad.

To plan this we are calling a meeting along with Jaiva Karshaka Samithi and One Earth One Life on 15th September 2010 at Kozhikode at 11.00 am.  Please ensure you are able to participate in this meeting.  Please call Sridhar ( 09995358205) for details of venue of this planning meeting.
Hope for an active participation, cooperation and involvement in the Kisan Swaraj Yatra. At the bottom  is the concept note, travel details and a press release.

Usha S (9447022775)
Sridhar R (9995358205)

H-3, Jawaharnagar, Kawdiar P.O. Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
India PIN 695 003
Tel / Fax: +91 471 2727150

Concept note, travel details and a press release.

swaraj yatra-concept note-aug.25

KSY anncmnt-PR-aug.25

Kerala State Organic Farming Policy

A Draft for discussion

Workshop for formulating Kerala State Organic Farming Policy

Government Guest House Thycaud, Thiruvananthapuram

conducted on 7 and 8 September 2007

Welcome: Dr.V.S.Vijayan, Chairman, KSBB

Inaugural Address: Shri V.S.Achuthanandan, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Kerala

Presidential Address: Shri Mullakara Rathnakaran, Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture, Kerala

Key note Address: Agriculture, food security and hunger: the way ahead Dr Devinder Sharma Chair person, Forum for Biotechnology and Food Security, New Delhi

Kerala State Organic Farming Policy and Action Plan


Make Kerala’s farming Sustainable, rewarding and competent to market forces, ensuring poison-free water, soil and food to every citizen