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Issues Related to Conventional Agriculture


Epidemiological Study of High Cancer among Rural Agricultural Community of Punjab in Northern India

Abstract: Based on a citizen’s report, a house-to-house survey was conducted in in Bathinda and Roop Nagar District respectively in Punjab to identify the number of existing cancer cases, and the number of cancer deaths that occurred in the last 10 years. This paper presents the findings of this survey.

Author/s: Thakur, J., B. Rao, Arvind Rajwanshi, H. Parwana, and Rajesh Kumar. 

Year Of Publication: 2008.

Pesticide and Health UK Parliment Post

Abstract: This publication covers the the effects of synthetic pesticides on health. The publication covers effects resulting from both direct (comes from professional use of pesticides often leading to the highest exposure levels and indirect exposure (occurs through the environment, food and drink).

Author/s: Nicole Kennard and Cristiana Vagnoni.

Year Of Publication: 2021.

Why India continues to use lethal pesticides Health Impacts: Pesticides?

Abstract: Written in the backdrop of pesticide poisoning cases in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, this article explores the state of pesticide regulation in India.

Author/s: Sonam Taneja

Year Of Publication: 2017.

Detoxifying agriculture and health from highly hazardous pesticides - A call for action.

Abstract: This report covers the risks posed by highly hazardous pesticides and the severe adverse effects they can cause to human health and environment, while also broaching upon how they may be phased out.

Author/s: FAO and WHO

Year Of Publication: 2019.

Pesticide Residues in Peri-Urban Bovine Milk from India and Risk Assessment: A Multicenter Study

Abstract: This study determines the pesticide residues in peri-urban bovine milk from five different sites (Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Guwahati, Ludhiana and Udaipur) in India and dietary exposure risk assessment to adults and children. 

Author/s: Gill et al.

Year Of Publication: 2020.

Crop Losses due to insect pests: Global and Indian Scenario

Abstract: The global losses due to insect pests have declined from 13.6% in post-green revolution era to 10.8% towards the beginning of this century. In India, the crop losses have declined from 23.3% in post-green revolution era to 15.7% at present. 

Author/s: Dhaliwal, G.S., Vikas Jindal, and Bharathi Mohindru


Year of Publications: . 2015.  

Long-Term Impacts of Bt Cotton in India

Abstract: Most scholarship on the closely-watched case of genetically modified Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) cotton in India has focused on short-term impacts and has also ignored other major changes in India’s cotton agriculture. 

Author/s: Kranthi, K. R., and Glenn Davis Stone


Year of Publication: 2020.  

Abstract: Highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) may have acute or chronic toxic effects, posing particular risk to children, and are recognized as an issue of global concern. Their widespread use has caused health problems and fatalities in many parts of the world, often as a result of occupational exposure and accidental or intentional poisonings. Environmental contamination can also result in human exposure through consumption of residues of pesticides in food as well as possibly drinking-water. 

Author/s: WHO


Year of Publication: 2019 

State of Rural and Agrarian India Report 2020

Abstract: This report is an attempt to provide a comprehensive and critical overview of the state of contemporary rural India. It focuses on the key structural factors, especially policies and trends, that have marked rural India’s economic and ecological conditions. 

Author/s: Richa Kumar, Nikhit Kumar Agrawal, P.S. Vijayshankar, and A.R. Vasavi  

Year Of Publication: 2020.

Pesticide Residues in Food Grains, Vegetables and Fruits: A Hazard to Human Health

Abstract: The excess accumulation of pesticide residues in food products, which has always been a matter of serious concern. Pesticide residues in food and crops are directly related to the irrational application of pesticides to the growing crops. This report covers the health hazards resulting from residues.

Author/s: Grewal, A.S., et al.

Year Of Publication: 2017.

Pesticides and health risks

Abstract: This article covers the various risks associated with pesticide use such as pesticide poisoning of farmers and farm workers, cardiopulmonary, neurological and skin disorders, etc.

Author/s: Bag, Dinabandhu.

Year Of Publication: 2000.

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Pesticides: Environmental Impacts and Management Strategies

Abstract: This article covers the various aspects of increasing pesticide use such as pesticide resistance, pest resistance, and impact of pesticides on non-target organisms such as earthworms and pollinators and on soil health.

Author/s: Harsimran Kaur Gill and Harsh Garg

Year Of Publication: 2017.

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Pesticide management for safe food and health

Abstract: This presentation covers the state of pesticide-regulation in India and also broaches upon the Government's decision to ban 27 hazardous pesticides. However, it also exposes the lacunae in the regulation of pesticides. 

Author/s: Amit Khurana, CSE.

Year Of Publication: 2020.

Impact of organic crops on insect diversity: a review of recent research

Abstract: The results of 35 studies that compare the diversity of insects on organic and conventional crops were analyzed by combining a classic review with meta-analysis tools. The purpose was to determine whether organic crops promote better conservation of insects.

Author/s: María N. Montañez and Ángela Amarillo-Suárez


Year of Publications: 2014.  

Insect Pest Problems and Crop Losses: Changing Trends

Abstract: Insect pest problems in agriculture have shown a considerable shift during first decade of twenty-first century due to ecosystem and technological changes. While there has been an overall decline in the severity of Helicoverpa armigera (Hubner), the incidence of several other insect pests like mealy bugs, particularly Phenacoccus solenopsis Tinsley on cotton; sugarcane woolly aphid, Ceratovacuna lanigera Zehntner on sugarcane; and tobacco caterpillar, Spodoptera litura (Fabricius), on several crops, has shown an increasing trend. 

Author/s: Dhaliwal, G.S., Vikas Jindal, and A.K. Dhawan


Year of Publication: 2010.  

Abstract: A study carried out by Rockfeller foundation (Herdt, 1991) reveals that seven out of 20 major challenges in rice production are insect pest and diseases. Among the biotic stresses insect pests cause about 10-15% yield losses. The average yield losses in rice have been estimated to vary between 21-51 per cent.

Author/s: Krishnaiah, K., and N. R. G. Varma


Year of Publication: 2012  


Keetnashak ya Vinashak 

Broad Content: A local farmer turned filmmaker brings out the story of agriculture caught in the quagmire of toxic chemicals leading to high input cost, uncertain returns, degrading environment and ill health.

Organisers/Producers: Samaj Pragati Sahayog Community Media

Year Of Publication/Release: 2020

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