Category Archives: Plants and People

Dengue and Nilavembu kudineer (incl. Andrographis)

A Siddha medication, nilavembu kudineer, is being distributed by the Tamil Nadu government to control dengue in the state. What is it, and what is the scientific support for the practice? Nilvembu kudineer is a concoction of nilavembu நிலவேம்பு, Andrographis paniculata,  the chief … Continue reading

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Primers – PepsiCo, potatoes, Indian IPR

Cottage Industry of write-ups and videos on the topic The Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights (PPV&FR) Act, 2001, in context 25 April PepsiCo and potato farmers case  07 May What is seed sovereignty? PepsiCo case 16 May  Referring page Like

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GM Brinjal, Haryana

What we do know:  Where? Sirsa and Fatehabad Districts, Haryana What we do not know: What? – GM brinjal – not Bt brinjal?? Whose? – Mahyco? TNAU Coimbatore? UAS Dharwar? Bangladesh? Other? 2019 05 18 Illegal GM brinjal was second crop, officials destroy … Continue reading

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PepsiCo, Potatoes – and Reuters (BAD BAD BAD)

I have no idea how much pressure the BJP government applied on PepsiCo to withdraw its lawsuits against Gujarat farmers (I do know that RSS was involved via its Bharatiya Kisan Sangh), but REUTERS! it is surely misleading (to put … Continue reading

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PPV&FRA – Extant variety (VCK); Farmers’ rights

THE PROTECTION OF PLANT VARIETIES AND FARMERS’ RIGHTS ACT, 2001 (pdf) Extant Varieties Chapter I – 2j (j) “extant variety” means a variety available in India which is— (i) notified under section 5 of the Seeds Act, 1966 (54 of 1966); … Continue reading

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Potatoes, Pepsico, PPV&FR

Some background on the Gujarat farmer-Pepsico war What is this hot potato, anyway? Potato cultivar FL2027 patent holder is Frito Lay North America Inc. This is the same name under which it was registered (2016) under the PPV&FRA, 2001, India … Continue reading

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Discovering India in Delhi – 2

It is that time of year again–painting walls ruined by water seepage, or the dreaded सीलन. The painters are from Bihar, they say, from सीतामढ़ी, Mithila, Sita’s birthplace. What do you grow there, I ask, wheat and  rice, they say, so naturally … Continue reading

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Art in a changing world

On a recent visit to the Crafts Museum in Delhi, I thought again about why tribal paintings tended to portray diverse types of animals, but only one kind of tree or, at least, one that can not be easily identified … Continue reading

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pooshini/petha/ash-gourd/Benincasa hispida

However small a fruit one buys, it is always large. That is, lots to experiment with. Much modified recipe for Kairi Chi Amti to make a Pooshini Chi Amti. Chop up ash gourd; cover with a suspension of coconut milk + red … Continue reading

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Prosopis juliflora

Goat-killing menace mutates to clean energy source in rural Kenya “The plant was first introduced into the area about 25 years ago by the Kenyan government and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization to serve as a windbreak to cut … Continue reading

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