Seed and harvest festivals have come back to Kerala in the last one decade as part of the organic farming –sustainable agriculture movement in the state. The slow death of agri-culture that was happening in Kerala in the 1980s and 1990s resulted in sidelining traditional wisdom and loss of livelihoods especially in food production. The two festivals of Kerala, Onam and Vishu, both were traditionally harvest festivals. Now these have also become market oriented commercial events where people buy everything instead of producing from their own land or in their own homes. And the younger generation does not see the connection between these festivals and agriculture and food production.... read full article
When a woman’s choice of a product has such immense consequence at a health, societal and ecological dimension, it fails me why we as a collective still ignore the need to demystify and remove the taboo around such conversations. Product availability and businesses are still predominantly a man’s world, which dictate the choices that we are given in terms of our bodies’ needs. For this to change, we women ourselves need to come forward, shed inhibitions (like how our uterine linings do with so much beauty every month) to engage and educate people around us. For as long as there is silence, there stands no hope for our collective futures.... read full article
In Naomi Klein’s recent book ‘This Changes Everything’, she quotes Yotam Marom, an organizer with Occupy Wall Street in New York, who wrote in July 2013 – “The fight for the climate isn’t a separate movement; it’s both a challenge and an opportunity for all of our movements. We don’t need to become climate activists, we are climate activists. We don’t need a separate climate movement; we need to seize the climate moment.”... read full article
Is Make in India complete without growing our own food? Isn’t food security linked to farmer security? Shouldn’t Indian Youth get a fair choice to practise farming and be compensated well for it? Who will feed the nation tomorrow?
On 22nd April 2015, a young farmer Gajendra Singh Rajput from Rajasthan, shocked the nation & the world by committing suicide in full public view in a farmers’ rally in New Delhi. Having been ruled ineligible for compensation, he had spent his last few days fruitlessly trying to convince government officials regarding due compensation for the loss of his wheat crop, ruined by unseasonable rain.
In January 2015, Ramesh Khamankar, a 57-year old cotton farmer in Maharashtra’s Yavatmal district walked to his ruined fields and drank from a bottle of pesticide. He died a few hours later. Khamankar’s case was determined to be a ‘genuine farmer suicide’, and his family received a compensation of Rs. 1 lakh, months after he died.... read full article
Growing up years were challenging. I had this nagging sense of not being wanted as a girl child and despite being loved for whoever i was figuring myself out to be, i thought my parents would have had been happier having an elder boy to shoulder their worries (and boy did they have many to tackle back then!). Having had been subjected to ‘casual’ molestation by well-wishing ‘grandpas’ and loving uncles, the feeling of disgust was quite strong in my teeny adolescent body. Welcome puberty and related information hand-me-down of sexual vulnerability, my teenage years were spent in getting barber-shop haircuts and tomboy demeanor to tone down the girl ‘stuff’ going on. To not be seen or felt or looked at.... read full article
Kole lands are a very productive wetland ecosystem where farmers take one or two crops of paddy and cultivate fish in between . Even before green revolution this region used to yield well without much intense farming . One of the main activity was to de water the wetlands and do sowing. Then take a good harvest.... read full article
There is no use beating around the bush, so lets come to the point straight. Drought in a water blessed state like Kerala, is not a situation, nor is it a calamity, its a Shame.
This year we have had deficit rains, the IMD Director says it is 34% less from the South-West Monsoon, and if the North-East also fails us, we would have a “drought-like” situation. Infact, the Kerala Assembly even discussed this, and declared Kerala as drought hit. But what does this deficit mean in actual numbers – 1352.3 mm of rain instead of the predicted 2039.7 mm. Now, Kerala with an annual average rainfall of 3107 mm actually has a mind-boggling quantity of water pouring down on it as rain. That is estimated to be 7030 crore cubic metre (7030,00,00,000 cubic metre), which is actually on an average more than 20 lakh litre per head per year. On an average each person need about 100 litres per day, and that would mean just 36,500 litres per capita per year. This actually comes to less that 2% of the available rain water. Put in simple terms, we only need to trap and store about 2% of the total rain poured down on us every year for direct human household use.... read full article
As a community known to clean conscious, we have quite strangely messed up our handling of discards so much that the State Government had to actually float a major campaign flagship project for reinstating the paradigm back into the minds of the people Haritha Keralam under Nava kerala Mission
But that is todays story. and this is a story that may eventually end up as another well meaning but miserably tragin one. And that is because the script could soon be rewritten by skeptics of this state - the elite, upward and west moving Malayali, contributing so much to global thinking, but stuck with local inaction!... read full article
പതിമൂന്നു വര്ഷം മുൻപാണ് ജനറ്റിക് എഞ്ചിനീയറിംഗ് അപ്പ്രൂവൽ കമ്മിറ്റി (ജി. ഇ. എ. സി.) ജി. എം. കടുകിന് അനുമതി നിഷേധിച്ചത്. എന്നാൽ ആ ജീൻ ഇതാ ഒരു തിരിച്ചുവരവിന് ഒരുങ്ങുന്നു. ഇതിനു ചിലവാകട്ടെ സർക്കാരിന്റെ 70 കൂടി രൂപയും. അന്ന് ഒരു സ്വകാര്യ കമ്പനി ആയിരുന്നു അനുമതിക്കായി വന്നതെങ്കിൽ ഇന്ന് ഇതൊരു സർക്കാർ ഉത്പന്നമായിട്ടാണ് അവതരിച്ചിരിക്കുന്നത്. ഡൽഹി സർവകലാശാലയാണ് ഇപ്പോൾ ജി. എം. കടുകിനായി അനുമതി തേടുന്നത്.... read full article
ലോകത്ത് എവിടെയും കഴിക്കുന്ന ഒരു പ്രധാന പച്ചക്കറിയാണ് മത്തൻ. കുരുവും പലയിടത്തും ഉപയോഗിക്കുന്നത് കണ്ടിട്ടുണ്ട്. മത്തൻ കുരുവിനെ പറ്റി ഈയിടെ വായിച്ചപ്പോഴാണ് സത്യത്തിൽ ഞെട്ടി പോയത്. ദാരിദ്ര്യത്തിന്റെ ഭാഗമായി കണ്ടിരുന്ന മത്തൻ കുരു അങ്ങേയറ്റം പോഷക ഗുണ സമൃദ്ധമായ ഒരു ആഹാരമാണെന്നത് ഒരു പുതിയ അറിവായിരുന്നു.... read full article