Real life stories

The film is based on real life stories which are anecdotes of the ongoing crisis in agriculture and also alternative approaches which are being tried out.

  1. Dorli, Wardha dist, Maharashtra: Dorli is a village in Wardha dist of Maharashtra. The village was witnessing severe crisis and on 11th December, 2005 the villagers after long discussion…felt that they can no longer continue with the farming given the situations completely against them.  They decided to sell their lands.  Every one of the 40 odd families, 270 people living supported the decision. On 12th December they formally announced the sale.  Since then the village hub of activities….News media rushed to the village…local…national and international media wrote extensively about the village.  Soon it became an icon of the Vidharba Crisis.  Except for the the government and the ruling political party, many visited the village. Read more
  2. Enebavi, Jangoan, Telangana: Enebavi is a small village in Jangoan dist, Telangana. After a long tryst with chemical pesticides and GM crops, farmers slowly started shifting towards non pesticidal management and organic farming and in 2005, the village declared itself as organic and GM free first of its kind in India. Read more
  3. Illegal spread of Herbicide Tolerant GM crops: Since 1998 CSA has been exposing the illegal spread of GM crops (Bt cotton in 1998, Bt bendi (okra) in 2005, Bt maize, Bt rice and several other since then) with out field trials and commercial approvals from the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC). In November, 2013 We came across illegal cultivation of Herbicide Tolerant cotton in tribal areas of Srikakulam.  We made a complaint to the then Agriculture Minister Sri. Kanna Laxminarayana and Genetic Engineering Approval Committee and RCGM.  Nothing happend and the spread is still continuing. Read more
  4. Cancer Train, Punjab: The increased use of chemical pesticides have resulted in increased incidence of cancer.  Most of the passengers travelling from Bathinda to Bikaner are cancer patients to visit a hospital.  The train in infamously called ‘the cancer train’ Read more

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