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World Environment Day 2012: Support Project Green Hands

Plant a tree today Project Green Hands WED 2012

  The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today. – Chinese Proverb   By Bhavani Prakash What is this life if full of care, we have no time to plant a single tree? And what better way to express our gratitude to Mother Nature, compensate for […]

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June 5th, 2012 | Posted in Behaviour Change,Biodiversity,Carbon Footprint,Climate Change,Green Action,Sustainable Agriculture,Sustainable Agriculture/GMO/Organic | Read More »

Michelle Desilets: Palm oil and the fate of orangutans

Michelle Desilets

By Bhavani Prakash Michelle Desilets is Founder and Executive Director of Orangutan Land Trust, a UK-based NGO which supports sustainable solutions for the long-term survival of the orangutan in the wild.  She is also Founder of Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation UK, and Member of the Board of Borneo Orangutan Survival Germany, which supports the largest […]

May 7th, 2012 | Posted in Afforestation,Biodiversity,Biodiversity,Climate Change,Government Policy,Sustainable Agriculture,Sustainable Agriculture/GMO/Organic,Sustainable Development | Read More »

Genetically Modified Mosquitoes: Background and Concerns

Aedes aegypti

By Bhavani Prakash In Dec 2010, 6000 genetically modified (GM) Aedes aegypti sterile male mosquitoes were released in the unhabited forests of Betong, Malaysia, according to the statement by the government run Institute of Medical Research (IMR).   The GM mosquitoes were developed by the UK biotech company, Oxitec. The purported aim of the company is to work […]

April 6th, 2012 | Posted in Animals/Wildlife,Biodiversity,Health,Human wellbeing,Sustainable Agriculture/GMO/Organic | Read More »

The fight for Borneo’s soul

Borneo rain forest. Photo courtesy: Ben Sutherland

by Neo Chai Chin With palm oil companies slashing vast swathes of forest, the Dayaks of West Kalimantan are desperately struggling to save their ancestral lands and way of life On the porch of a wooden house deep in West Kalimantan, a shirtless man sits, staring out at endless rows of palm oil trees surrounding his […]

March 26th, 2012 | Posted in Biodiversity,Green Activism,Sustainable Agriculture/GMO/Organic,Sustainable Development | Read More »

Six largest agrochemical TNCs stand trial for human rights violations

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By Bhavani Prakash A historic tribunal, the Permanent People’s Tribunal (PPT) was held in Bangalore, India from 3rd to 6th December, 2011 to indict Agrochemical Transnationals (TNCs) for gross violations of human rights. Here is the trailer to the Tribunal: Video link here Victims and survivors of the pesticide industry from all over the world were […]

December 10th, 2011 | Posted in Chemicals,Sustainable Agriculture/GMO/Organic | Read More »

What are the Top Seed Companies?

Seed Industry Structure 1996 to 2008

By Bhavani Prakash Prof. Philip H. Howard, Assistant Professor at Michigan State University has created an interesting infograph on the Structure of the Seed Industry from 1996 to 2008.  Not surprisingly, it shows an oligopolistic industry with a small number of large players such as Monsanto, Dupont, Syngenta, Limagrain-Vilmorin, Land-O’Lakes, KWS and Bayer. As an […]

September 21st, 2011 | Posted in Sustainable Agriculture/GMO/Organic,Sustainable Development | Read More »

Go GM Free in Australia

Australia Wheat Scandal Greenpeace Report

By Bhavani Prakash Today sees an important report being released by Greenpeace Australia against GM wheat trials in the country. These trials are clearly, as the report alleges, a result of government-industry nexus, rather than for the interests of consumers or farmers.  Featured here are the various GM campaigns in Australia and the people behind […]

July 7th, 2011 | Posted in Food/Meat Reduction,Sustainable Agriculture,Sustainable Agriculture/GMO/Organic | Read More »

Lim Li Ching: GMO Free

Lim Li Ching

Lim Li Ching, who is co-author of the book “GMO Free” works with the biosafety and sustainable agriculture programs at Third World Network (TWN),  an international NGO based in Malaysia. TWN covers developmental issues, policy advocacy work, climate change, WTO, Biosafety issues, to advance social justice with a pro-poor agenda. She is also a Senior […]

June 16th, 2011 | Posted in Biodiversity,Sustainable Agriculture,Sustainable Agriculture/GMO/Organic,Sustainable Development | Read More »

Vandana Shiva: Traditional Knowledge, Biodiversity and Sustainable Living

Vandana Shiva inaugurating Grandmothers University

By Bhavani Prakash Dr Vandana Shiva needs little introduction as a prominent environmental, social justice and anti-GM activist.  In 2010, she received the Sydney Peace Prize and was named by Guardian UK in March 2011 as one of the top 100 women in the world. In the following interview, she explains the work done at […]

March 31st, 2011 | Posted in Activism,Biodiversity,Climate Change,Food,Gardening,Green Activism,Sustainable Agriculture,Sustainable Agriculture/GMO/Organic,Sustainable Growth/Development | Read More »

Whither Go Climate Refugees?

Climate Refugee Photo by DKFonne at Copenhagen

by Bhavani Prakash Millions of people face the risk of being dislocated from their homes due to the effects of climate change. However there is no global framework to handle the humanitarian and political crisis when it explodes. Should UNHCR, UN’s refugee agency expand its definition to include “climate refugees” or do we need an […]

December 6th, 2010 | Posted in Carbon Footprint,Climate Change,Green Activism,Sustainable Agriculture/GMO/Organic | Read More »

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