Saturday, July 23, 2011

Sarath Fernando on natural farming: From capital to nature, from global crisis to the global future

This is a 4 part interview with Sarath Fernando from Movement for National Land and Agrarian Reform [MONLAR] in Sri Lanka. MONLAR is a member of La Via Campesina. 

In this interview Sarath gives us insight into the real solutions and the solvers of world hunger and the global agrarian crisis. He explains to us why it is that the same solutions being promoted repeatedly by international institutions and governments are failing every time and instead we find the multiple global crises of climate and hunger intensifying
Sarath instead promotes natural agro-ecological methods of farming such as natural farming in India and Sri Lanka which rely on natures own ways and nourish the earth and humans depending on the earth. Sarath tells us that it is the poor and the victims of hunger and poverty who themselves have the real solutions to their poverty, environmental damage and hunger. It is these natural solutions of the poor that need to be promoted rather than false solutions like free trade, GM crops, green revolutions, carbon markets etc that have instead caused more harm to nature and humans while failing to make a dent in the serious hunger crisis

Part 1: Global Crisis: Aspects and Responsibilities
Part 2: The Answers: Agro-ecology and Natural Farming
Part 3: Zero Budget Natural Farming
Part 4: A call to regenerating nature



No to Land Acquisition for private purposes

South Indian farmers held a consultation in Chennai on the 12 July to discuss the Land Acquisition Act. 
Here are their demands:

Friday, July 22, 2011

Karnataka state upholds farmers demand to ban GM field trials

‘No trials on GM crops':The State Government will not permit private companies to undertake trials and research on genetically modified (GM) crops.

Addressing presspersons after a meting with bankers and officials of the Agriculture Department here on Wednesday, Minister for Agriculture Umesh V. Katti said action would be taken against those who had undertaken trials on GM crops in Bijapur and other districts, without the Government's permission. He asserted that the department had not given permission to any multinational or local company to undertake trials. 

Bt maize
It was alleged that Monsanto had conducted trials on Bt maize in Bijapur. Mr. Katti said no private firm had approached the Government seeking permission to conduct trials on GM crops. After reading media reports on trials on GM crops, he had directed officials to act on the matter.
Meanwhile, a meeting convened here by the Agriculture Department to discuss issuing no-objection certificates (NOC) to undertake trials and research on bio-safety evaluation on genetically modified (GM) crops on Wednesday has been postponed. The Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha has been opposing testing of GM crops.