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The organic foods divide in India

By Rahul Goswami

The divide between farmers growing and selling organic produce in India and the major organic foods and beverages retailers is widening, to the detriment of organic farmers. This was evident at Biofach India 2013 held in Bengaluru

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Relevance of the public distribution system

By Rahul Goswami

A new report from the NSSO reveals a sharp increase in reliance on the public distribution system for purchase of foodgrain in rural and urban India. This is significant at a time when the country is debating universalisation of PDS, the Food Security Bill, and Direct Cash Transfers

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'Depriving the poor in the name of corruption is not a solution': Aruna Roy

By Diva Arora

Giving all households -- priority and general -- a common entitlement of not less than 25 kg at Rs 3/2/1 for rice/wheat/millets will solve the problem of identifying the poor who deserve to be subsidised under the Food Security Act, says RTI and right to food campaigner Aruna Roy, dismissing various criticisms of the Bill

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Food Security Bill: Making sense of the numbers

We are already spending Rs 67,310 crore on food subsidies. The National Food Security Bill will increase this by only Rs 30,000 crore, just 4% of the corporate taxes that are being booked as revenues foregone, says Sachin Kumar Jain. The added expenditure will still mean a subsidy of only Rs 3.25 per person per day

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Kerala, West Bengal record significant declines in farm suicides

While the Big 5 states have shown sharp spikes in farmer suicides during 2003-10, P Sainath points out why other states have recorded a decline in farm suicides

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In 16 years, farm suicides cross a quarter-million

In 2010, 15,964 farm suicides have been reported by the National Crime Records Bureau, writes P Sainath, and close to two-thirds of them have occurred in the five states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, AP, MP and Chhattisgarh

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The case against cash transfers

If the system doesn’t work, don’t fix it, just dismantle it, the government appears to be saying in the matter of cash transfers in lieu of subsidies, writes Sachin Kumar Jain

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The middle path on the food security bill?

How much can you load onto a single law without having it collapse under its own weight, asks Harsh Mander in this article that answers questions raised on the NAC’s draft Food Security Bill

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Millet deception?

The Uttarakhand government’s promotion of the cultivation and consumption of millets is welcome, says Biju Negi. What is not welcome is the simultaneous pushing of chemical fertilisers and micronutrients in this officially organic state

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Why India's 'growth' focus is ignoring the food access question

Celebrating the fact that per capita agricultural income is increasing faster than overall per capita income, the government is targeting 4% growth in agriculture in the Twelfth Plan period. But this is a rosy view that does not stand up to scrutiny, says Rahul Goswami

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