Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Endosulfan - Put an End

Endosulfan  the dangerous pesticide, More than 70 countries banned.

Green revolution...: In late 60s, Green revolution struck India. The only moto of this Green Revolution was to produce more and more food grains. So they did not took care about the seeds, Pesticides and the effects of  them. Probably India became(still it is..) the large market place  for the pesticide and fertilizer sellers and most of them was banned in other countries. In some cases India became a testing place, This is not Green revolution. We can call it a Blue revolution(Toxic color..)
  • ·  Kerala the only state banned Endosulfan, Of course after a chain of rallies by NGO s.
  • ·  The value of  Endosulfan market in India is 1 million dollars.
  • ·  Animal tests nails the Pesticide, Human illness found in some cases, Unknown diseases in human kind. Every other day in India someone affected by Endosulfan.
  • ·  Even though many blowing the whistle for Endosulfan, It seems  Politicians benefited by the sellers, that's the reason why Endosulfan is not banned in India.

Endosulfan is just one pesticide, But there are many pesticides available out there.  
As far as the Manufacturing companies, this market is big and profitable. As far as politicians  its a beneficial deal. As far as the farmers, Endosulfan is just a pesticide. As far as to us Indians (including politicians) we are eating poison ... 

The only thing we India have to do is go back to our traditional Organic farming. That's the Green revolution we want today. Everyone of us need to act on this, Be a whistle blower.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Steiner rejected Modern science!


 My introduction stated that if you believed in science you cannot believe in Biodynamics and that the reverse is also true, that if you believe in Biodynamics you cannot believe in Science. 
I’ve hitched my wagon to science, so let’s take a look at science.  Science is several thousands of years old.  Some pretty big names are associated with science; Pasteur, Darwin, Einstein, Galileo, Newton, Aristotle, Bacon, Curie, Copernicus, Da Vinci et al.  These are great scientists who earned their achievements the hard way – they did the research.  There is the scientific method, reproducibility and the peer review.  Remember cold fusion; nobody else could get the same results and so that theory went into the round file.  Science is critical thinking,  challenging the status quo and never closed to criticism.
 Now let’s look at Biodynamics, which was created by Rudolf Steiner in 1924.  Steiner was a member of The Theosophical Society and hung out with the infamous Madame Blavatsky, a great con artist, medium and holder of many séances.  Like Madame Blavatsky, Steiner also spoke with the dead.  He created The Anthroposophy Society and gave the lectures that became the bases for Biodynamic farming. He also created the Waldorf School system. 
 Instead of rigorous research, Steiner used “intuition,” “perception” and “Spiritual Science” to formulate his theories.   Here’s what Steiner said about peer review:  “As far as I am concerned, spiritual-scientific truths are true in and of themselves, and do not need to be confirmed by other circumstances or external methods” and “Direct perception reveals what I have just described.”
 You think I was talking smack at Biodynamics? Get a load of what Steiner thought of Science?
  • “… for today’s superficial science.”
  • “But that is the case with any science that chooses to take into account only physical things; it only understands corpse.  In reality, however, oxygen is the carrier of the living ether, and this living ether uses sulfur to gain control over oxygen.”
  • “Take for example the scientific absurdities…”
  • “These things cannot be dealt with effectively by the science available today.”
  • “The type of experimentation current today is not real science; it ismerely a recording of individual phenomena and isolated facts.”
  • “but what does today’s science do?  It takes a little glass plate and puts a carefully prepared something-or-other on it, gets rid of everything else and peers at it through something called a microscope.  That is the exact opposite of what we ought to be doing…”
 Steiner rejected science and created “spiritual Science” to suit his needs.  Steiner’s beliefs are in direct opposition to all of the sciences such as astronomy, botany, biology, zoology, anthropology, geology, plant physiology, plant pathology et al. 
 Science and Biodynamics are mutually exclusive.   Thus, to believe in Biodynamics, you must accept Steiner’s “Spiritual Science” and reject modern science.  I’m hazarding a guess, but I don’t believe that most biodynamic supporters understand this dilemma they’ve gotten themselves into.  The only way that I can see out of this dilemma is intellectual dishonesty or by accepting Biodynamics on faith, thus making it  a religion.

Stuart Smith

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

'Organic farming can't augment food supply'

BS Reporter / Chenai/ Dharwad December 28, 2010, 0:57 IST

Though organic farming has its own advantages, depending solely on it will not help augment food requirements of the country, said director general of ICAR S Ayyappan.

“Organic manures can augment the microbial activity, prevent environmental deterioration and restore soil health. It can reduce the chemical load in soil and farm produce. But at this juncture, when quantum of food is close to deficit, one cannot truly identify with the sole purpose of environmental resurrection alone. The fields around the world will be burdened with the responsibility of supplying grains to this oversized population. Organic farms alone cannot bear this responsibility,” he said while delivering the convocation address at the University of Agricultural Sciences in Dharwad on Monday.

Ayyappan who is also secretary, department of agricultural research and education, Government of India said the precision that manufactured mineral fertiliser offers helps overcome limitations of organic fertiliser. 

“Chemical fertiliser will remain the key inputs in agriculture. It has time and again been proved that they can augment production levels and can help fill the granaries,” he asserted.He called on agricultural scientists and the agricultural universities to develop location and situation-specific strategies for adapting rain-fed farming to emerging climate patterns as the global climate change is now a reality and there is a need to address the issue on a mission mode.

He also stressed the importance of low cost agricultural technologies as there has been a decline in profitability of agricultural sector due to fragmented holdings, an increase in input prices and the reduced ability of farmers to invest.

In future, growth in agriculture productivity can be sustained only through low-cost agricultural technologies, Ayyappan asserted.

Nutrition Security Act
Ayyappan stated that India needs a Nutrition Security Act to help the Nutrition Security Mission and Nutrition Policy become effectively functional. “Just a Food Security Act will not help eliminate malnutrition.
There has to be a coordinated effort between departments which can directly or indirectly influence nutrition security, by means of exhaustive research and by making use of the latest advancements in science and technology.
By breeding highly nutritious and fortified foods, it would be easier to combat issues of food scarcity and malnutrition at the same time,” he said. Expressing concern over the low per capita consumption of fruits and vegetables in India though India stood second in the world in the production of these, Ayyappan advocated the need to identify crops which have lesser demand for water and other inputs besides being more remunerative than field crops.

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Abolishment of the department of biodynamic agriculture in Witzenhausen

Protest in Witzenhausen

By corywhitney

Abolishment of the department of biodynamic agriculture in Witzenhausen.

The department of bio-dynamic agriculture with Prof. Dr. Ton Baars was established at the Witzenhausen faculty in 2005 and funded by its donors until spring 2011. In the founding treaty the administration of Kassel University and Witzenhausen faculty guaranteed to “make sustainable efforts to keep this department” after 2011.

In 2010 a specific evaluation of the bio-dynamic department, including advice from external independent experts, agreed that certain topics of biodynamic agriculture should be integrated in teaching and research at university.

According to demonstrators this result was violated by the Witzenhausen dean, faculty and president of University Kassel, as they recently decided not to keep the department – even before the evaluation process was officially finished. In addition, say the protesters, the dean influenced the decision making process in several undemocratic ways (e.g. he excluded members from the evaluation committee, he changed the proposed list of external experts and their questionnaire, he ignored the request of the majority of the joint faculty committee to keep the biodynamic department).

Although the donors (Software AG, Luis Bulk Institute among others) offered full financing for three more years, if the bio-dynamic department would, in the end, be kept by the University.Sadly, the biodymanic department and the work of Prof. Dr. Baars will be finished after this semester!

Democratic participation of students at risk!!

The development of the faculty in Witzenhausen as is traditionally based on self-government on all levels of university administration and is meant to include a strong students participation - students in Witzenhausen claimed the first department of organic farming in Germany.

The abolition of the department of bio-dynamic agriculture is only the tip of the iceberg. It hints at other incidences which have accumulated since Prof. Dr. Wachendorf became dean in 2008. The protesters find that the democratic participation as well as the unique organic profile of Witzenhausen is at risk!
Demands of the Protest:

!!! Keep the department of bio-dynamic agriculture!

!!! Keep the unique organic profile of Witzenhausen faculty!

!!! Stop the recent undemocratic negotiations with students!

!!! Follow the funding-treaty to keep the bio-dynamic department!

!!! A clear statement of Prof. Dr. Wachendorf how he wants to develop the faculty!

!!! More participation of students!

!!! Transparency in decision-making at the faculty!

!!! Re-initiation of the faculty committee as leading decision-making committee despite of changes in Hessian University Law!

!!! Discussion of mission-statement with exclusion of genetic engineering!

!!! Distinct improvement of communication and cooperation of all professors (e.g. immediately with external mediation)!

For more information (in German) and pictures visit: www.echtbio.de.vu

மூலம்: http://sustainableag.wordpress.com/2010/11/03/protest-in-witzenhausen/

Biodynamic Science?

By corywhitney

Just back from an afternoon in the Steinstraße lab basement. We’ve been calculating the dry matter content for a biodynamic germination test with 500, Rudolf Steiner‘s prescribed Horn Manure preparation, under different stresses. This is all part of a ‘free project’ within the SIA Masters Program (More on the SIA study program and schedule. The SIA Practical guide). Our free project groups objective is to see if the application of Rudolf Steiner’s prescribed Horn Manure preparations offer an advantage to plants (Barley, Pea, Tomato, Quinoa) in the germination stages.

This has required exhaustive research and work on our part, as all free projects do. However, it is an incredibly unique opportunity, as we are working with Prof. Dr. Ton Baars from the Uni-Kassel Professorship. Professor Baars is the only professor of Biodynamic Agriculture in the world, right here on the Witzenhausen Campus, much to the chagrin of some of other professors, here and away, and to the scientific community.

Biodynamic Science has been a topic of many heated forums and community meetings here in Witzenhausen as the funding for the position is soon up. The general consensus from the student body is that we need to keep the position so that we can look beyond modern day science and into the possibilities that Biodynamic has to offer. The general feeling from the scientific community is that having Biodynamic listed as a science here makes Witzenhausen seem less scientific. The professorship has enough work to do just supporting the pure organic studies.

The first question I asked Prof. Baars when he presented his research goals to me and my SIA colleagues this winter was about other theological sciences methodologies and their influence on biodynamic sciences. Prof. Baars told us that the biodynamic sciences use modern scientific practices and leave all theology aside. This turns out to be entirely untrue, in our experience so far biodynamic science is an amalgamation of theological, spiritual and scientific practices. It is at times very confused and at times quite refreshing. I have found myself working on this in the greenhouse and in the lab several times a week since that meeting.

The long and the short of it is here in Witzenhausen is the chance of a lifetime to do some ‘way out’ studies in a field that most scientist will laugh at, most laypeople will give you the hairy eyeball about and you’ll be endlessly explaining to anyone who cares to ask. Sound familiar?

Here is a paper on the subject that I found quite informative and inspiring in a funny way: Taking a Scientific Look at Biodynamic

Here is a poem by Arthur O’Shaugnessey for all those who are willing to be way out enough to consider a place like Witzenhausen for Masters Studies:

We Are The Music-Makers

We are the music-makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams.
World-losers and world-forsakers,
Upon whom the pale moon gleams;
Yet we are the movers and shakers,
Of the world forever, it seems.With wonderful deathless ditties
We build up the world’s great cities,
And out of a fabulous story
We fashion an empire’s glory:
One man with a dream, at pleasure,
Shall go forth and conquer a crown;
And three with a new song’s measure
Can trample an empire down.

We, in the ages lying
In the buried past of the earth,
Built Nineveh with our sighing,
And Babel itself with our mirth;
And o’erthrew them with prophesying
To the old of the new world’s worth;
For each age is a dream that is dying,
Or one that is coming to birth.