We are addicted to convenience, and it’s a fatal attraction both for us and the planet. Ready-made meals, motorised transport, smartphones make our lives a lot easier, but at what cost?
This study booklet aims to provide an overview of producers’ collectives in India, which broadly falls under the cooperative movement. It will also highlight some case studies of successful collective organizations, with a variety of organizational styles and under different laws, mainly to get a taste of the diversity of rural collectives in India.
As conventional farming techniques such as monocropping and the high use of fertilisers are proving ineffective in the face of climate change, some farmers in India are beginning to turn to mixed and organic cropping for their many benefits. This article takes a look at the techniques used in one mixed-crop, organic farm in southern Karnataka and advocates for the return to such farming methods.
In 2003, the Cauvery Family, an initiative involving stakeholders in both states, came close to a breakthrough, but the lack of government support killed it. From Scroll.in.
In this original CSA article, L.C. Channaraj explains the benefits of intercropping red gram with cotton, as learned in a pilot project conducted by Pipal Tree helping farmers in southern Karnataka.
Renewable energy sources may have low CO2 emissions at the point of use, but the mines that make the technology possible are often environmentally destructive. From Climate & Capitalism.
Pope Francis has made his strongest attack yet on genetically modified plants and animals (GMOs) and the Biotech Industry (which includes companies such as Monsanto, Bayer, Dow, Du Pont, Syngenta and ChemChina), in a letter to the Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Professor José Graziano da Silva on World Food Day. From Sustainable Pulse.