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  • Shyamali khastgir
    Jadugoda Diary

    The uranium that fuels India’s nuclear weapons and energy programme is mined at Jadugoda in Singhbhum district in the state of Jharkhand. The company that does the mining is Uranium Corporation of India Ltd (UCIL). UCIL was established in 1967 and started its operations in 1968 at Jadugoda with uranium ore mining and a processing plant, each of 1,000 metric tonnes per day capacity.

    For more than three decades, there have been a large number of news reports in various magazines and newspapers, detailing various health problems suffered by the people of the area. Mostly these have concerned a large number of deformities in children and various kinds of lung problems.

    Shyamali Khastgir surveyed the area in year 2000 and brought out this report.

  • Bharat Mansata
    Organic Revolution

    This remarkable story demolishes the myth that organic farming can never feed the world! Holistically adopted, it can also revitalise society, enhance the environment and safeguard future generations. In the current raging debate over urban-industrial uprootment of farmers, here is one example the world cannot ignore. After the Soviet Union collapsed – and the US tightened its embargo – Cuba’s Organic Revolution began suddenly, under compulsion. A decade later, in 1999, the Swedish Parliament presented the Right Livelihood Award, or ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’, to the Cuban Organic Farming Association – for “showing that organic agriculture is a key to both food security and environmental sustainability.” Today, not only has Cuba’s productivity increased, its economy, health, education, energy efficiency, water security, … are all big gainers. In 2006, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Global Footprint Network declared: Cuba is the only country on earth to achieve sustainable development! The American Journal of Public Health reported a 45% decline in cardiovascular diseases. Cuba’s bio-diverse agro-ecology and forest cover exceeding 25% also counter global warming. “Increasingly, people came to believe that productive, healthy harvests could be obtained on positive cost-benefit terms, while protecting the environment, … without excessive energy use.” – Dr. Fernando F. Aguilar, President, GAO, Organic Farming Association of Cuba “Cuba offers the very first large-scale test of sustainable alternatives, … before environmental realities mandate the rest of the world embark on a sudden, wholesale switch to organic agriculture.” – Dr. P. Rosset, Director, ‘Food First’, Institute for Food & Development Policy, Washington, USA “… Cuba is creating something truly new and hopeful for all of humanity.” -Prof. R. Levins, Harvard University School of Public Health.

    Page 131, New edition

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