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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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