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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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D-Sector, 18 November 2009

Bhaskar Goswami

Amidst increasing discomfort among people about long term health and environment impact of GM food, the biotech industry has now resorted to launch its own ‘technology ambassadors’ to deceive the unsuspecting consumers.Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw of Biocon is the latest backer of GM food.

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D-Sector, 20 August 2009

Bhaskar Goswami

In the global trade, WTO and FTAs are used as effective tools by rich nations to put in place IPR regimes favourable to their companies, much to the detriment of the poor farmer, the keeper of biodiversity.

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Indiatogether, 15 August 2009

Bhaskar Goswami

Since Kerala and ASEAN countries both produce several similar items, competition from the latter is a cause of worry in the former. But the Centre has over-ridden the State’s objections to the free trade agreement. (more…)

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Down to Earth, June 16-30, 2009

 

Bhaskar Goswami



India and the European Union are negotiating a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) which has serious implications on agriculture and dairy sectors. 90 million dairy farmers will face stiff competition from dairy farms in EU who receive generous subsidies to stay in business. This pact with EU will also weaken India’s stance at WTO.

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Deccan Herald, 16 July 2008

Bhaskar Goswami

It was the cotton farmer who subsidised the textile sector. When it came to bail them out, the sector failed to stand up.

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Infochange News and Features, April 2008

Bhaskar Goswami

How much land is actually transitioning from farm to non-farm use? The government itself puts the figure at 1.5% of net sown area between 1990 and 2003, or more than 21 lakh hectares. The actual figures could be much higher. Putting just this much land under wheat would yield 57 lakh tonnes of produce, enough to feed more than 4.3 crore hungry people every year.

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The dairy sector in India employs millions across the countryside with women as the ones primarily engaged in this sector. The network of cooperative dairies across the country engaging not only farmers but also agriculture workers, landless, dalits, and some of the most marginalized communities are responsible for turning India into the largest producer of milk in the world. However, a series of reforms are subverting the dairy sector and the viability of cooperatives in the new economic order looks grim. More on this can be accessed here on the WTO website.

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Infochange India, May 2007, Dainik Bhaskar, 15 May 2007 

Bhaskar Goswami

Despite the high price of imported wheat, the government prefers this option to paying Indian farmers a higher support price for their crops. This amounts to a covert policy of dismantling the procurement and price support mechanisms.

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The Hindu, 08 Oct 2006

Bhaskar Goswami

To enhance the productivity of wheat, the Centre initiated a Rs. 2.480 cr package in September 2006. Unfortunately, this is another wasteful expenditure which will only benefit input suppliers instead of farmers. It is designed to camouflage government’s flawed policies that led to imports in 2006.

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Financial Express, 04 Oct 2006

Bhaskar Goswami

A labeling regime has been put into place for genetically modified food and organism by the Indian government. The US has issued two notifications with the WTO challenging the labeling law. India should take US-backed WTO attempts to thrust GM foods on us with a pinch of salt.

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Liberation, June 2006, Rashtriya Sahara, 09 May 2006

Bhaskar Goswami

Beginning August 2005, Sharad Pawar began making noises about impending imports of wheat. Not many took him seriously. By announcing an Minimum Support Price (MSP) way below the prevailing market rate, he ensured that wheat imports do happen. This was however preceded by a series of steps taken by the government to not procure from farmers and instead build a case for imports.

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