Why a problem of plenty is hurting India's farmers

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By¬†Soutik Biswas. Reblogged from BBC News. Farmers are on the boil again in India.¬†In western Maharashtra state, they have been on strike for a week in some seven districts now, spilling milk on the streets, shutting down markets, protesting on the roads and attacking vegetable trucks. In neighbouring Madhya Pradesh, curfew has been imposed after…
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The price of organic farming…prison time?

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Judges in France are now considering¬†an appropriate punishment for one organic winemaker who has refused to spray his vines with pesticides. Without¬†spraying,¬†they say he could be contributing to¬†further infestation of the leafhopper Scaphoideus¬†titanus in the region. As the Guardian in the UK¬†reports, Emmanuel Giboulot now faces a 6-month prison sentence and a ‚ā¨30,000 fine¬†for failing…
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