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Peanut paste not a solution for severe malnutrition: study -Jagriti Chandra

to severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in India could be at least a tenth of what was earlier believed, which implies that instead of taking emergency measures such as providing Ready To Use Therapeutic food (RUTF), there needs to be a focus on non-food interventions such as sanitation, health, clean drinking water along with an emphasis on nutrition, suggests a new study published in a peer-reviewed medical j

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FAO Country Director in India Tomio Shichiri interviewed by Abhimanyu Chakravorty (The Indian Express)

upply. This needs to change," said FAO Country Director in India Tomio Shichiri. There is an urgent need to make healthy and sustainable diets affordable and accessible to everyone, said the food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations in a booklet released on the occasion of World food Day on October 16. For decades, the world has focused its energies on combating malnutrition.

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Granaries overflowing, food dept's SOS to MEA: Send wheat, rice as aid to deserving countries -Harikishan Sharma

The Indian Express Procurement of wheat and rice in the central pool has been increasing over the years, leading to accumulation of surplus stock of wheat and rice with FCI. As a result, stocks of food grain in the central pool continue to remain much in excess of stocking norms. With food Corporation of India granaries overflowing, the government is looking to liquidate its grain stocks to prevent d

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No data to justify, is Zero Budget Natural Farming a flawed concept? -Lola Nayar

-Outlook Experts say Zero Budget Natural Farming defies logic that it will involve no financial cost. Imbalance between yield and price could even lead to food shortage in future Au Naturel * Zero-budget natural farming relies on savings on chemical inputs like fertilisers and insecticides * As health consciousness grows, there’s a demand for natural/organic produce * ZBNF relies on cow dung and urine for seed treatment, improvi

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The government needs to midwife Indian agriculture to an organic revolution -Abhik Roy and Nikhil Kumar

tly cash crops such as cotton, indigo and opium for the external market. As a result, poverty increased and land fertility reduced. After independence, the main aim of the government was to ensure food supplies to the growing population. Therefore, they adopted new USA-developed high yielding varieties of wheat (Norin 10) and rice (IR-8) in the Green Revolution of the 1960s. These demanded high inputs of irrigation and chemicals. Yields increase

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The minimum wage solution -Rajendran Narayanan & Sakina Dhorajiwala

ndexed with an updated inflation index called the Consumer Price Index-Rural (CPI-R) instead of the older Consumer Price Index-Agricultural Labourers (CPI-AL). The calculation of CPI-AL involved more food items in the consumption basket while the calculation of CPI-R involves more non-food items such as healthcare and education. CPI-R better reflects the rural consumption basket compared to CPI-AL. Pleas

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Farmers' Movements call for protests across the country on October 24, 2019 against RCEP Free Trade Agreement

s negotiating RCEP with 15 other countries including ASEAN countries along with large industrial economies like China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. The RCEP is a great threat to our food and farm sector, and the negotiations are reportedly coming to a close by the beginning of November 2019. Here are some reasons why we are calling on our state and national governments to take agriculture out the RCEP and all other Free Trade Agre

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Midday meal door opens to private kitchens -Basant Kumar Mohanty

-The Telegraph Nearly 10 crore children have the midday meal in 11 lakh schools every working day New Delhi: The Centre has allowed privately managed centralised kitchens to be engaged to serve food to schoolchildren in rural areas under its midday meal scheme — a decision it had earlier announced in May 2017 only to roll back in April this year — raising fears of loss of jobs for thousands of cooks. Trade unions, including the Ra

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Find packaged food yummy? Beware, there is peril in the package -Pradeep Rana

-The New Indian Express The selective eating disorder has hit the Indian population like never before and there is nothing stopping it. Researchers say packaged food in India, which is fast replacing staple and balanced diet, is among the most unhealthy in the world. In the absence of clear policy measures, the population is faced with serious health complications such as obesity, ischemic heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,

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India does not test for feared carcinogen in food -Reena Gupta

ablished that a chemical was responsible for causing cancer. Experts have always raised concerns about the safety of glyphosate and several other chemicals that are continuously being pumped into the food chain. However, big corporations, with their close ties to governments and mainstream media, have made sure that any research that impacts their interests remains out of the public domain. When corporations such as Monsanto (recently bought over b

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