• Webinar on ‘Why India Should #Ban27Pesticides’

    Why India Should #Ban27Pesticides Update| 13th July 2020 A Pesticide Action Network (PAN) India & PAN Asia Pacific webinar July 16 | 11:30 am India Standard Time | 2:00 pm Malaysia/Philippines In May, the Indian government announced that it is moving to ban 27 pesticides that are linked to health and environmental harm. However, the agrochemical industry quickly moved to oppose the ban. The Indian government is set to decide in the coming weeks. In this webinar, various experts will discuss why the banning of these 27 pesticides is doable and necessary: Relevance of the Pesticides Ban - Dr. Narasimha Reddy, Public Policy Expert and Consultant, PAN India. Hazards of 27 Pesticides - Dileep Kumar A. D.  Assistant Director, PAN India. Pesticides Use Practices in India- Dr. Indiradevi P, Rtd. Research Director, Kerala Agriculture University. Agroecological Alternatives- Mr. Anoop Kumar C. P.,  Organic Farming and Horticulture Consultant. Advocacy for a Global Ban on Highly Hazardous Pesticides- Sarojeni Rengam, Executive Director, PAN Asia Pacific. The webinar will also include a film screening of an excerpt of Young & Poisoned, a PANAP documentary on the effects of pesticides on children Join us and help #Ban27Pesticides for a #PesticidesFreeWorld! Register via Zoom, https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJItc-yoqD8pHdeQpTy-oYDPGxONnmAuNRA6 or watch live via the  PANAP Facebook page We hope to see you there! Recent Posts PR_ Marathi_यवतमाळ विषबाधा: सिंजेंटाचे कीटकनाशक जास्त प्रमाणात गुंतलेले आहे. PR Hindi यवतमाळ विषाक्तता: सिंजेंटा के कीटनाशक अधिकतम शामिल हैं Yavatmal poisonings: Syngenta’s pesticide far more heavily involved Webinar on ‘Why India Should #Ban27Pesticides’ भारत सरकार ने 27 कीटनाशकों पर पूर्ण प्रतिबंध लगाने का आग्रह किया TagsAgroecology AnupamVarma Commitee Report Banned Pesticides BAN Pesticides BRS COPs 2017 Climate Change Community Suffering Corporate Accountability Corporate Libility Delhi gas leack Draft Banning of Pesticides Order 2016 Fact Finding Mission Food Sovereignty Glyphosate Glyphosate ban Herbicide HHP HHPs Highly Hazardous Pesticides Indian Tea India Pesticide Ban India Pesticide Risk Inhalational Poisonings Maharashtra Association of Pesticide Poisonned Persons MAPPP Non-chemical Alternatives No pesticide Use Day Paraquat Paraquat Retailing India Paraquat Use is India Pesticide Management Bill-2017 Pesticide Menace in Yavatma Pesticide Poisoning Pesticide Poisoning in Yavatmal Pesticide Regulation Phasing out HHPs Plantation Pesticide PMB-2017 Roundup Tea Plantations UN HRC Special Rapporteur on the right to food World Soil Day Yavatmal Yavatmal Declaration Yavatmal poisoning


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  • Agroecology Workshop held for Farming Community in Ghatanji, Yavatmal

    Press Note | PAN India | 27th March 2019 Agroecology Workshop held for Farming Community in Ghatanji, Yavatmal Agroecology is the Solution to Escape from Pesticide Menace   PAN India has been working on pesticide poisoning, for decades. A range of activities, from documenting pesticide poisoning to the realization of agro-ecology as way of life, have been undertaken. In the past three years, pesticide poisoning in Yavatmal has been highlighted through various means and methods. A peek into recent history and the indicators of ill health in rural, tribal families shows that intensive chemical farming is causing serious health problems, often touching the next generation. Still births, premature deliveries, underweight newborns, congenital deformations, holes-in-the heart of youngsters point to a series cascading effect of chemicalisation of rural atmosphere. For pursuing chemically-intensive cotton farming, farmers here are facing serious economic losses. In addition, rural distress is seen in health, food availability, accessibility and quality, with telling impacts on health of girls, women, children and others. To overcome this distress, efforts have been undertaken by individuals and few civil society organizations to pursue non-chemical farming in this district and other parts of India. In order to intensify this movement, and also to wean away farmers from the addiction of hazardous pesticide usage, a message of solidarity has to be given out. This workshop was organised to discuss the role of agro-ecology and ecological intensification in Indian agriculture, in response of economic and health impacts on farmers and their family members caused by pesticide-intensive farming. Agroecology is the science of sustainable agriculture. Agroecology does not rely on chemical insecticides or GM crops for pest control and other agrochemical inputs. Chemical-intensive agriculture focuses on killing insects and animals; in the process it has spread chemicals everywhere leading to deaths of all living species. Agroecology is about nurturing nature, and not killing. It lets every species live, and enable food production for us without harming other species. Instead it fosters beneficial biological interactions.Agroecology raises productivity at field level, reduces rural poverty, contributes to improving nutrition,and contributes to adapting to climate change. This Workshop on Agroecology focused on the application of agro-ecological principles for sustaining agriculture in Yavatmal district. Workshop participants explored the integration of uncultivated and cultivated fruits and edible plants into farming and local food systems, as well as how to promote local natural food trade. In partnership with local agricultural research stations and farmers, this Workshop on Agroecology engaged participants in discussions and methods of natural farming and tasting of naturally grown food. Speakers focused on methods to enhance ecosystem services that are beneficial to agriculture (pollination, pest control, nutrient cycling, enhancement of soil fertility, mitigation of soil erosion, etc.). These services guarantee optimal levels of production and minimise environmental impacts while improving the overall ecological resilience of agricultural production systems. Agroecology is not limited to lack of chemical usage. It is about integration of physical and biological resources of nature, including soil, water, birds, animals, trees, shrubs, grass and microbes. Non-chemical farming in India has several methods and principles. However, with climate change, agroecology has become a comprehensive solution. Agroecology embeds the principle of local species, local production and local consumption. Yavatmal, with vast areas under forests, offers a potential for application of agroecology principles and construction of a new agricultural structure. Chemical usage, especially pesticides and herbicides, is increasing in Yavatmal, every year. Parallel, pest attacks and crop losses are also increasing. Farmers are paying heavy price, of buying and using pesticides, but crop productivity and returns from markets is not increasing. They have no other option but to adopt agroecology. Dr. Narasimha Reddy, and Dileep Kumar A. D from PAN India, Sahebrao Pawar and Geeta Bandu Sunule and other members from MAPPP were present in the event. Leading organic farmer Sri. Subhash Sharma spoke about need of a paradigm shift in farming to save farmers, farm workers and our future as well as to secure food security and food safe food. Leading organic farmers in the region share their experience of non-chemical methods of farming. Recent Posts PR_ Marathi_यवतमाळ विषबाधा: सिंजेंटाचे कीटकनाशक जास्त प्रमाणात गुंतलेले आहे. PR Hindi यवतमाळ विषाक्तता: सिंजेंटा के कीटनाशक अधिकतम शामिल हैं Yavatmal poisonings: Syngenta’s pesticide far more heavily involved Webinar on ‘Why India Should #Ban27Pesticides’ भारत सरकार ने 27 कीटनाशकों पर पूर्ण प्रतिबंध लगाने का आग्रह किया TagsAgroecology AnupamVarma Commitee Report Banned Pesticides BAN Pesticides BRS COPs 2017 Climate Change Community Suffering Corporate Accountability Corporate Libility Delhi gas leack Draft Banning of Pesticides Order 2016 Fact Finding Mission Food Sovereignty Glyphosate Glyphosate ban Herbicide HHP HHPs Highly Hazardous Pesticides Indian Tea India Pesticide Ban India Pesticide Risk Inhalational Poisonings Maharashtra Association of Pesticide Poisonned Persons MAPPP Non-chemical Alternatives No pesticide Use Day Paraquat Paraquat Retailing India Paraquat Use is India Pesticide Management Bill-2017 Pesticide Menace in Yavatma Pesticide Poisoning Pesticide Poisoning in Yavatmal Pesticide Regulation Phasing out HHPs Plantation Pesticide PMB-2017 Roundup Tea Plantations UN HRC Special Rapporteur on the right to food World Soil Day Yavatmal Yavatmal Declaration Yavatmal poisoning


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  • Ecological Agriculture is a political activity to ensure safe food for all

    Ecological Agriculture is a political activity to ensure safe food for all Press Release| PAN India Releasing the book, “Replacing chemicals with Biology: Phasing out highly hazardous pesticides with agroecology” at the Kerala Agriculture university campus Vellayani, Thiruvanathapuram, Dr. T M Thomas Isaac M. L. A. (former finance Minister, Kerala) said that the book would certainly be a great encouragement to the organic farming activities happening in Kerala and would strengthen the organic farming movements. He stressed that we need to realize the long term impacts pesticides and agrochemicals, and also industrialization of the agriculture sector. Also he pointed out the impact of modern agriculture with the example of sub Saharan Africa, quoting the book, “Seeds of Famine’. The agribusiness is only looking at its profit, not concerned on the long term impact of chemicalising agriculture. The economics of modern agribusiness is aimed at generating more and more profits, not on developing sustainable agriculture and ensuring safe food. There is a vested interest on the unsustainable agriculture by the modern agribusiness and is aimed at accumulating their profit by controlling agriculture input market. Dr. Isaac pointed it is a kind of developing a thrown away culture, through advertisements and other practices, and as part of the economy these inherent rules and practices  are largely becoming into a waste economy. And because of this, organic farming is gaining importance as a political activity. Here, everybody can participate in this political activity, not only farmers, but also for those who do not even have land to cultivate. Those who do not have enough land can also do organic farming in grow bags and also do terrace farming. Each and everyone can participate in this activity by managing and recycling household biodegradable waste, making it into manure through composting and do organic farming with the same manure. In addition, organic is also important in mitigating climate change.   Thus organic farming is a political activity to ensure fresh vegetables, safe food, recycling biodegradable waste and also a resistance against the monopolisation of agriculture and agribusiness. He encouraged the students in the KAU campus to adopt a ward in Trivandrum and support the residents in doing composting and organic farming and  to develop it into a model of ultimate green solution. The book release function was jointly organized by PAN India along with Thanal and Students Union in Kerala Agriculture University  at the Vellayani Campus, Trivandrum on 7th October. This PAN International publication was originally released at the fourth session of International Conference on Chemical Management (ICCM4).   Recent Posts PR_ Marathi_यवतमाळ विषबाधा: सिंजेंटाचे कीटकनाशक जास्त प्रमाणात गुंतलेले आहे. September 19, 2020 PR Hindi यवतमाळ विषाक्तता: सिंजेंटा के कीटनाशक अधिकतम शामिल हैं September 19, 2020 Yavatmal poisonings: Syngenta’s pesticide far more heavily involved September 18, 2020 Webinar on ‘Why India Should #Ban27Pesticides’ July 13, 2020 भारत सरकार ने 27 कीटनाशकों पर पूर्ण प्रतिबंध लगाने का आग्रह किया June 29, 2020 TagsAgroecology AnupamVarma Commitee Report Banned Pesticides BAN Pesticides BRS COPs 2017 Climate Change Community Suffering Corporate Accountability Corporate Libility Delhi gas leack Draft Banning of Pesticides Order 2016 Fact Finding Mission Food Sovereignty Glyphosate Glyphosate ban Herbicide HHP HHPs Highly Hazardous Pesticides Indian Tea India Pesticide Ban India Pesticide Risk Inhalational Poisonings Maharashtra Association of Pesticide Poisonned Persons MAPPP Non-chemical Alternatives No pesticide Use Day Paraquat Paraquat Retailing India Paraquat Use is India Pesticide Management Bill-2017 Pesticide Menace in Yavatma Pesticide Poisoning Pesticide Poisoning in Yavatmal Pesticide Regulation Phasing out HHPs Plantation Pesticide PMB-2017 Roundup Tea Plantations UN HRC Special Rapporteur on the right to food World Soil Day Yavatmal Yavatmal Declaration Yavatmal poisoning


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  • Book release: “Replacing Chemicals with Biology: Phasing out highly hazardous pesticides with agroecology”

    Book release: “Replacing Chemicals with Biology: Phasing out highly hazardous pesticides with agroecology” Press Release by PAN India, Thanal and KAU Students Union PAN India along with Thanal and KAU Students Union organizing an event at Kerala Aggriculture University Vellayani Campus, Trivandrum on 7th October at 1pm to release the new book on agroecology “Replacing Chemicals with Biology: Phasing out highly hazardous pesticides with agroecology”, published by Pesticide Action Network (PAN) International. The book would be released by Dr. T. M. Thomas Isaac  MLA (former financial minister, Kerala), and the first copy would be received by Mr. Ajmal, General Secretary, Students Union, Kerala Agriculture University, Vellayani, Thiruvanathapuram. This book was originally launched on 29th September at the 4th International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM4) held in Geneva during 28th September and 2nd October 2015.  The resolution acknowledges that HHPs causes severe adverse effects on human health and the environment.  The ICCM4 has recognized highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) as an "issue of concern." The conference in its resolution, supported concerted action to address HHPs and welcomed a strategy to address them that has been developed by UNEP, FAO and WHO. Significantly, the ICCM4 placed emphasis on the need to promote agroecological alternatives instead of replacing them with another chemical pesticide. FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, said in Paris in February this year "The model of agricultural production that predominates today is not suitable for the new food security challenges of the 21st century. Since food production is not a sufficient condition for food security, it means that the way we are producing is no longer acceptable." "Modern agroecological approaches to food production, together with many of the ecological practices that have evolved with farmers working alongside nature through hundreds of years, are proving to be sustainable, economically advantageous and good for food security" says Dr Meriel Watts from PAN Asia Pacific and main author of the book. Successful cases of agroecological farming in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe and USA, presented in the book, substantiating the long-standing claim that ecological principles applied to agriculture are effective tools in the management of pests, including weeds, and provide sustainable livelihoods to farmers and rural communities. "There is world recognition that agricultural production cannot continue its business as usual. Agroecology offers a viable strategy to increase agricultural productivity, build farmers' resilience, and protect the environment," says Sarojeni Rengam, executive director of PAN Asia Pacific. "The experiences in this book show how farmers using agroecological practices benefit from savings on agrochemical inputs and from improving their overall farm productivity. Getting better prices or market options for safer food helps farming households too" says Dr Stephanie Williamson, from PAN UK, and co-author of the book. The case studies show that agroecological farming can improve food security and strengthen food sovereignty, while providing better adaptation to climate change and reducing harmful environmental impacts. "Advancing equitable and sustainable development goals in agriculture requires grounding agrifood systems in agroecology as the central strategy," says Dr. Marcia Ishii-Eiteman, Senior Scientist at PAN North America, and one of the contributors to the book. "By integrating state-of-the-art science with local and traditional knowledge, agroecology offers a powerful solution to today's mounting social, economic and environmental stresses of climate change, water scarcity, land degradation and rural poverty." Agroecological practices can increase farm productivity and food security, improves rural livelihoods and adaption to climate change, and reduces the environmental impacts of agriculture. The new PAN book was written to address the concerns of policy makers around the world who are faced with the need to replace the use of highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) with safer and sustainable alternatives. The book presents national and international policy recommendations designed to help implement the changes necessary to support widespread adoption of agroecology. This book is also to assist governments and policy makers to initiate a collective action to reduce the human impacts of highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) and come out with a clear timeline for the global phase-out of HHPs, and to replace the hazardous pesticides with the sound science of agroecology for sustaining agriculture. Download the book here     Recent Posts PR_ Marathi_यवतमाळ विषबाधा: सिंजेंटाचे कीटकनाशक जास्त प्रमाणात गुंतलेले आहे. September 19, 2020 PR Hindi यवतमाळ विषाक्तता: सिंजेंटा के कीटनाशक अधिकतम शामिल हैं September 19, 2020 Yavatmal poisonings: Syngenta’s pesticide far more heavily involved September 18, 2020 Webinar on ‘Why India Should #Ban27Pesticides’ July 13, 2020 भारत सरकार ने 27 कीटनाशकों पर पूर्ण प्रतिबंध लगाने का आग्रह किया June 29, 2020 TagsAgroecology AnupamVarma Commitee Report Banned Pesticides BAN Pesticides BRS COPs 2017 Climate Change Community Suffering Corporate Accountability Corporate Libility Delhi gas leack Draft Banning of Pesticides Order 2016 Fact Finding Mission Food Sovereignty Glyphosate Glyphosate ban Herbicide HHP HHPs Highly Hazardous Pesticides Indian Tea India Pesticide Ban India Pesticide Risk Inhalational Poisonings Maharashtra Association of Pesticide Poisonned Persons MAPPP Non-chemical Alternatives No pesticide Use Day Paraquat Paraquat Retailing India Paraquat Use is India Pesticide Management Bill-2017 Pesticide Menace in Yavatma Pesticide Poisoning Pesticide Poisoning in Yavatmal Pesticide Regulation Phasing out HHPs Plantation Pesticide PMB-2017 Roundup Tea Plantations UN HRC Special Rapporteur on the right to food World Soil Day Yavatmal Yavatmal Declaration Yavatmal poisoning


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