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Infochange, March 2011

Bhaskar Goswami

Seeds, pods, buds, fruits, herbs and other produce collected from common property resources are consumed by communities to compensate for nutritional deficiencies during periods of acute food shortage. In fact, uncultivated food provides as much as 65% of food, and all of the fodder and fuel needs of very poor landless households. It is not difficult to comprehend the consequences when CPRs are closed, encroached upon, or access to them denied to local communities.

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Infochange, March 2011

Bhaskar Goswami

A 1999 NSSO study on the role of land, water and forest commons in the life and economy of rural Indians revealed that CPRs provide as much as 58% of fuelwood requirements and up to 25% of fodder requirements. It also provides evidence of large-scale depletion of CPRs, with CPR lands in rural India declining by almost 2% every five years.

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Bhaskar Goswami

Opinion in February 5, 2011 issue of Rashtriya Sahara हस्तक्षेप
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Indiatogether, February 02, 2011

Bhaskar Goswami

Sick soils, declining yields, growing debts and rising malnutrition stalk the Punjab farmer, as the practices of the boom years catch up with him.

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Tehelka, November 13, 2010

Bhaskar Goswami

Without constant vigilance, we will soon be utterly dependent on America for our food

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Combat Law, March-April 2010

Bhaskar Goswami

Aggressive lobbying by biotech corporations like Monsanto, Bayer, Syngenta and Aventis today play a defining role in international policies and decisions governing trade in GM crops and foods. Trade laws are tailored to suit agribusiness and megacorps while citizens are losing their right to decide what they consume. Farmers, on the other hand, are confronted with seed monopolies and increased volatility in trade prospects.

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COP 15

A blow-by-blow account of the climate change negotiations at Copenhagen December 7-18, 2009 for d-sector.

Climate accord betrays the vulnerable
20 Dec 2009

The climate deal hastily put together by the BASIC countries and the USA gives license to the rich countries to continue polluting the planet, thereby rewarding them instead of imposing penalty for their climate crimes.

COP15 turns into a climate con
Copenhagen | 17 Dec 2009

With rich countries refusing to accept emission reduction targets, the chances of a meaningful climate deal at Copenhagen are now almost over.

Jairam gets hot and cold at Copenhagen
Copenhagen | 16 Dec 2009

Frequent change of stance and partners has not helped India’s cause in the ongoing Copenhagen conference.

Nations divided, citizens united
Copenhagen | 13 Dec 2009

While negotiators fail to reach consensus on a binding climate agreement; citizens from the entire world took part in a peaceful protest march in Copenhagen bringing the city to a standstill.

New drafts appear, but differences persist
Copenhagen | 12 Dec 2009

Fearing failure of Copenhagen conference due to widening rift between developed and developing countries, two new drafts are issued for negotiations to bridge the divisions.

India loses credibility at Copenhagen
Copenhagen | 11 Dec 2009

With news doing the rounds that the Danish Text was drafted after consultation with India, the emerging power is left with a lot of bad reputation in the ongoing climate negotiations.

Talk mathematics, not morality: US
Copenhagen | 10 Dec 2009

US and other industrialised nations get ready to derail the Copenhagen conference if developing world fails to toe their line.

G77’s unity cracks at Copenhagen
Copenhagen | 08 Dec 2009

Major developing nations dilute their demand on emission cut commitments of industrialised countries, leaving poor and island nations high and dry at Copenhagen conference.