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Agribusiness and society

 By Kees Jansen, Sietze Vellema

 

How far agribusiness corporations are responding to the opportunities and pressures resulting from emerging environmental awareness, to play their part in the "greening" of agriculture and food. In particular, in what ways are these corporations changing their R&D and business practices in order to develop new environmentally oriented products, services and methods of production? And what can they change of their own volition, and where is external direction a necessary condition of environmentally friendly innovation? These questions are explored through a series of highly original investigations of particular biotech and other agribusiness companies--including Monsanto, Ciba Geigy, Dole, and Chiquita--and their behavior in particular parts of the world, including California, Europe, Australia, Brazil, and Central America.

 

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A large number of growers from Punjab (In Pakistan)are also reported to have suffered from this disease: “Bipolaris sorokiniana” also known as Helminthosporium Leaf Blight (HLB). It spreads in warm and humid wheatgrowing areas, characterised by an average temperature above 17 0C in the coolest month. HLB is a seed and soil and air borne disease.The current occurrence seems to be air-borne with origin of spread presumably being coastal areas of India and Bangladesh.
Spot blotch: a new wheat crop disease by Manzoor Hussain, Dawn Economic & Business Review, 01 May 2009
A wide range of policies—and the second ‘Green Revolution’—that the government is introducing in conjunction with Indian corporate houses, American agribusinesses and food multinationals, will have a catastrophic impact on Indian farmers, on sustainability and on food security. The effects are already evident in states like Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh
Pitfalls of the second green revolution
by Devinder Sharma, Infochange India, 01 October, 2006
Why have the farmers in India and other countries committed suicide in large numbers recently? The quick answers; indebtedness, pests, cost ineffectiveness, fall in public investment, technological fatigue, policy fatigues and so on. These superficial diagnosis would only hinder the attempts to unearth the real reason. Farmers faced many of these problems all through history.
\'Success\' of Agricultural Science: The Reason for Farmers\' Suicide!
by John M. Itty, People's Reporter, 25 August, 2007
Vidarbha is staring at the worst ever drought this year, with an unprecedented crop failure and steep decline in Rabi crop acreage due to depleted water table. Adding to the woes of farmers is the global economic meltdown and uncertainty in local markets over the prices of commodities, like cotton and soybean.“We’ve suffered bumper losses this year,” says Mohan Mamidwar, a farmer and political activist in Pandharkwda, Yavatmal. “Everything has been put on the hold for now,” he says, “including marriages or plans to buy new farming equipment.”The 50-year-old is reluctant to even talk about the crop situation, as it “opens up the wounds”. Kharif crop has failed, Rabi crop is set to be doomed, inflation has wreaked havoc in villages, farm wages have risen, and intensive use of chemicals coupled with adverse agro-climatic conditions has belted the soil health.
Vidarbha staring at worst drought
by Jaideep Hardikar, DNA, 16 December, 2008