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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. Continue Reading »

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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I guest-edited the March 2009 issue of Seminar Magazine… the contents and links are below.

Seminar Magazine Issue #595
March 2009

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Symposium Participants

 

THE PROBLEM
Posed by Bhaskar Goswami, Forum for Biotechnology and Food Security, Delhi

MEDIA AND THE AGRARIAN CRISIS
Kalpana Sharma, independent journalist and columnist, Mumbai

COPING WITH COMPLEXITY
C. Shambu Prasad, Associate Professor and Coordinator, Rural Management and Library Services, Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar

 

AT THE EDGE OF A PRECIPICE
Suneet Chopra, Joint Secretary, All India Agricultural Workers’ Union, Delhi

 

CONTRACT FARMING FOR AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT
Sukhpal Singh, The Center for Management in Agriculture (CMA), Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad

 

LEARNING FROM PEOPLE
Anil K. Gupta, Professor, Indian Institute of Management and Executive Vice Chair, National Innovation Foundation, Ahmedabad 

 

TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE FARMING PRACTICES
Bharat Dogra, independent journalist and columnist, New Delhi

 

TRANSGENIC CROPS: A QUESTIONABLE OPTION?
Kavitha Kuruganti, Member-Secretary, Coalition for a GM-Free India, Jaitu, Faridkot

 

DIVERSIFICATION: A PLOY TO REDUCE SUPPORT TO AGRICULTURE?
T.N. Prakash Kammardi, Professor of Agricultural Economics, and Editor, ‘Hittalagida’, University of Agricultural Science, GKVK, Bangalore

 

PUSHING BIG BOX RETAIL IN AGRICULTURE
Dharmendra Kumar, India-FDI Watch, Delhi

 

REVIVING AGRICULTURE
Devinder Sharma, Forum for Biotechnology and Food Security, Delhi

 

WAYS OF SEEING
P. Sainath, Rural Affairs Editor, ‘The Hindu’, Mumbai

 

BOOKS
Reviewed by Iain Boal, Bhaskar Goswami and Harsh Sethi 

 

FURTHER READING
A select and relevant bibliography 

 

COMMENT
Festival Diary: Hi-jinks in Jaipur, received from Ananya Vajpeyi, Assistant Professor of History, University of Massachusetts, Boston

 

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”Trading Up”, CENTAD, Volume IV, Issue 3, 2008″

Bhaskar Goswami

Review of “Making Certification Work for Sustainable Development: The Case of Biofuels” by UNCTAD, 2008.

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India Economic Review; Vol V

Bhaskar Goswami

 

An analysis of the current WTO negotiations in agriculture till September 2008. Instead of being “developmental”, the round has degenerated into a scramble for access to markets of developing countries.

 

 

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