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Question by Inquisitive One: what is the opposite of diversity consciousness?
If I want to say: “lets not get UN-diversity-conscious, everyone!” how do I say it without sounding .. weird?

The point is to make sure every keeps tolerating other cultures. but I need the word for that… or the opposite of diversity consciousness.

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Answer by vwigutow
The antonyms are just not pretty —


You might want to say it differently, like ‘Let’s realize we’re part of the huge global community’
‘Free our minds from our small worlds to the the great big REAL world’ —————–

Give your answer to this question below!

Jan 302012

Question by littlemisscontroverse: What are some good ideas for a diversity awareness activity?
This is for a college ethics class. This can be an activity only for the class or for the community. But it has to teach diversity awareness by experience. We only have a month to finish this.
Please be ethical as this is for an Ethics class.

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Answer by CoachT
If you want people to experience the reality of bias and bigotry then it would have to be something that isn’t as apparent as sex or race.

You also have to be very careful how you decide to present this, some biases out there result in dangerous situations. I’d be cautious about suggesting participants “pass” as Muslim in some areas for example. And therein lies the real problem with this type of experiment, the results can be dangerous.

You could always replicate a study I read some years ago but apply it locally. The researcher completed employment applications at a variety of businesses. Everything was essentially equal except that the applicants had clearly identifiably ethnic names. The result was that the people with ethnic names didn’t get interviews.

Another researcher I read had people of different sex/race/socio-economics park on the side of the road with the hood up to see who got helped. The hot blonde got a lot of attention. The poor looking guy got left to fend for himself.

What do you think? Answer below!

Oct 072011

When we consider the social engineering aspect to our societies, our lives, our attitudes, then we can see the call for genetic diversity is ever-present. All that is needed is a managerial class which is prepared to ignore tradition. And we have that too.
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Theologian Paul Begley of Indiana Exposes “Chrislam” on 6/26/2011 50 Pastors will read from their Pulpits the Quran!! The UN formed in San Fransico on 6/26/1945 or 66 years to the day, the New World Order began to formed, and now 66 years later the One World Religion is forming with “Chrislam” led by Rick Warren!!
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Mar 262011

Question by Rob: What is the benefit of cultural diversity? Why has western civilization shifted to multiculturalism recently?
Im not making a judgement. I just fail to see the truth in the “strength in diversity” mantra. Perhaps one of you will help me see…
Tititata, I respect your religious belief (I am actually a christian but its slightly off-topic. Knowing the type online I am sure you will catch it for posting that.

Those are some good thoughts bizsmithy, and if no one posts better the 10 pts are yours.

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Answer by Tititita
I believe, that the benefit of cultural diversity is because people are always looking for something new. They want a change, and are trying to fulfill their emptiness that they feel in their heart. They do not know that only Jesus Christ is the only one called to fulfill that emptiness in our heart.

One way that drive them to this change is by trying and going through differents religions and belief. That is one of the reason that they want to know and to shift to a different multicurtural civilization. They are looking for the unknown God, without knowing that their truly God is very close to them, the Lord Jesus Christ. It is not that they want a change. It is because they want and are trying to fulfill their emptiness in their heart. The way to do it is by trying some king of religion because they want to be happy. God give us happiness only through Jesus Christ. He is the only one that can fulfill our heart and then happiness will come to men. I do not know if this will answer your question. God bless you.

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The Importance of Conservation of Traditional Native Crops and Crop Related Diversity During the Second Green Revolution

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The Importance of Conservation of Traditional Native Crops and Crop related diversity during the Second Green Revolution

By Dr. Ashok Panigrahi, formerly Principal Investigator, UGC Maj. Res. Proj. Org. Farming Project Director, Navdanya Project- Sustainable Development of Ecosystems in Orissa, Bls.

Any discussion on agriculture in India must begin with a history of the practices followed here (our own) and borrowed from the west (thrust from outside) starting from the pre green revolution time.

State of agriculture before the second world war:

In the US – Machine driven or Mechanized

In Europe including UK – driven by chemical fertilisers

In Japan – mainly involved irrigation

In India and else where in Asia – Rainfed cultivation using compost

During the colonial days, Sir Albert Howard, M.A.,CIE was brought to India by the British to train Indian peasants the art and science of chemical agriculture. He ended up learning organic farming from the Indian peasants and went on to develop and publish the famous ‘Indore Process’ which was followed widely in the Agriculture world in the 1930s .

During the same time the development of hybrid corn pioneered a new era in agriculture which combined the use of genetics, machines, artificial chemical fertilisers and irrigation to achieve enormous increases in corn yields. It subsequently engulfed other crop varieties including rice.

In the 1940s synthetic chemical pesticides were added to make up the so called technological package in world agriculture.

In the 1990s, the ‘seed’ became the central focal point for all the driving forces that created the agricultural revolutions with the entry of multinational industrial houses into the seed sector.

Leading Agro Biotech Corporations & their Agribusiness,’99.

Corporations Total

Sales Agribusiness Sales Seed

Production Ranking (global) Agro-

Chemical Sales Ranking (global) Pharmaceutical

Sales (their

Original busi.) Research &


‘Life Science’ Group ( involved mainly in genetic modification of various crop plants )

Aventis .5 billion .6 billion n/a 1 .9 billion billion


(Syngenta) .3 billion .4 billion 3 2 .8 billion .2 billion

Monsanto(98) $ 8.6 billion billion 2 3 .8 billion .3 billion


(Syngenta) .4 billion .7 billion 6 5 .8 billion .9 billion

‘Industrial Science’ Group ( involved mainly in production of various agrochemicals )

Bayer billion .1 billion n/a 6 billion .1 billion

DuPont** .9 billion billion 1 4 .6 billion .6 billion

Dow .9 billion .3 billion —— 8 —— .85 billion

BASF .5 billion .7 billion —— 9 .5 billion .3 billion

The dawn of 1st Green Revolution – introduction of the hybrids, HYVs and Agrochemicals, ACFs & SCPs, in agroecosystems –

The 2nd world war ended sooner than expected. Following the war in the US, there were huge stock piles of war surplus chemicals manufactured to produce the explosives. These were mainly nitrogenous and phosphatic in composition. Scientists were engaged to find out new use for these war surplus chemicals and they located it in the agricultural fields the world over as artificial chemical fertilizers. Other scientists were also engaged to design and generate crop varieties which could consume jumbo doses of these ACFs and nobel laureate Norman Borloug was one of them who produced the “miracle wheat” in Mexico in 1966. He visited India in 1967 and declared, if he was a member of Indian Parliament he would have leapt up from his seat every 15 minutes to yell at the top of his voice ‘ fertilizer’, ‘give the farmers more fertilizer.’

At the beginning of the 1950s, the US foreign policy establishment was reeling from the loss of China to communism and the US was engaged militarily in Korea. The US interests in Asia and the Pacific were also threatened with the rise of revolutions demanding equitable distribution of resources and land reforms etc. The US determined to contain the spread of communism decided to achieve the same not through direct military involvements but through palliative reform measures not directed at feeding Asia’s growing population but for the US business interests. The GATT signed during that period is an example. This went on to give rise the new GATT, WTO, TRIPs, IPR, modification of our own Patents Act and formulation of the PVP Act, National Agriculture Policy etc. throwing our peasantry, agriculture and biodiversity to their eliminations.

Two huge US establishments, the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation were involved in the process from the very beginning. Between them they set up IRRI at Manila in the Philippines in the early 1960s to breed HYV rice varieties in order to increase rice production in Asia. They also helped in the establishment of the CRRI and Agriculture Universities in India in the late 1950s to push through long term US business agenda.

The IRRI generated the ‘miracle rice’ IR-8 and released the same to the Asian farmers in 1966 and thus launched the Green Revolution ( I ) . This, and its early progeny IR- 20 (1969) and IR -24 (1971), rapidly replaced 1000s of diverse native traditional rice varieties as farmers by and large adopted these new varieties as‘seeds of hope’ widely in Asia. Unfortunately their hopes were soon crushed as the miracle rice succumbed to the brown plant hoppers. It was found out that the these uniform susceptible varieties ( IR – 8, IR- 20 and IR- 24) cultivated widely in Asia, gave the brown hoppers an unprecedented feeding ground. Brown plant hoppers also transmitted the grassy stunt virus that destroyed rice crop in 1,20,000 hectare in Indonesia alone in 1977 resulting in food loss to the tune of 2 million tons, that is enough to feed 6 million people.

Among the 1000s of rice accessions maintained at the IRRI’s gene bank only one could stand up to the grassy stunt virus and it was a wild rice called Oryza nivara, collected from Orissa in 1963. O. nivara is otherwise an economically useless variety but it had the character which no other rice variety had. Only 3 plants in the IRRI’s single accession contained a gene that was resistant to grassy stunt virus. This gene was immediately passed over to the IRRI’s new rice varieties including its super star,IR-36, through cross breeding . By 1982, IR-36 alone was cultivated on 11 million hectares of Asia’s rice lands thus acquiring the dubious honour of being the world’s single most widely planted rice variety in history.

However, by the mid 1980s , the resistance provided by O. nivara against stunt virus was breaking down in farmers fields and IRRI’s valuable rice varieties stood as vulnerable as ever leaving its breeders helpless. O. nivara was found to be a metaphor for the problems faced by the rice farmers of Asia. Since IR-8, IRRI has , in fact, transformed the lives, cultures and opportunities of countless local communities who depended on rice for their livelihood. To perform well and yield to their declared potentials, IRRI’s HYV rices required too much chemical inputs, access to credit and irrigation thus giving birth to new forms of social orders. While some benefited from the new rice varieties, a huge majority of the rice farming communities of Asia became

indebted, lost control over their food production systems and became caught in a spire of dependency. When the urban consumers got cheaper though tasteless rice, the rural producerslost the valuable ecological balance in their agroecosystems.

In the Indian context, we find today most of the land in Punjab are

impaired and dead. The minimum level of soil fertility is lost. Most of Punjab’s soil are diseased and dying and this is an openly admitted fact. The consumption of agrochemicals in Punjab has increased thirty folds since the inception of Green Revolution in that state and in India. The total amount of subsidy on ACFs has increased to rupees forty four thousand crores and this subsidy cost in distributed over all Indians including us. Punjab farmers get the benefit and we bear the cost. Between 1971 – 1981, 95% of small farmers of Punjab were lost or disappeared. The rate of profit from agriculture which once stood between 25% – 80%, has now comedown to 6% and yet things continue in the same way. This is one of the major factors for the farmers’ suicides in Punjab, AP and elsewhere in India and it is one of the gifts of the 1st Green Revolution to India.

The other gifts are soil – food and ground water poisoning owning to excessive use of agrochemicals – ACFs and Pesticides. These agrochemicals not only have caused the death and elimination of the natural predators of the agricultural pests but also of the pollinating bees besides the domesticated animals and human beings. Nitrate poisoning caused cattle epidemic in Nagpur in 1976, and it causes blue baby syndrome in human beings.

Pearson(1985) sums up that about 10,000 human beings die every year owing to pesticides in developing countries. Besides these agrochemicals between them help grow the pest population either directly or indirectly. When ACFs make the crop plants soft and tender, the pesticides build up resistances in pests.

The Dawn of the 2nd Green Revolution – the introduction of Genetic Modifications in Crops –

With the growth of a new branch of biological science called Biotechnology, scientists postulated that the same could be exploited for agricultural advantages. Thus, genetically modified (GM) crops such as Bt.Cotton were developed in the early 1990s.Till date over a 100 of them are under cultivation round the earth. It was said that these transgenic crop plants would reduce pesticide dependence, would have the ability to detract, repel or kill the pests and tolerate herbicides, weedicides, fungicides;

another category of agrochemicals developed to be produced and used to combat the weed plants,( all plants other than the crop plants ) and harmful fungi.

It thereby opened doors for additional industries for agriculture. In other words, agriculture was made too much industry dependent; fertilizer, pesticide, weedicide, herbicide, fungicide, nematocides and so on. With the creation of transgenic crops like Bt. Cotton and GM maize like GE crops a new industry entered into the field of agriculture the world over. Thus the place of origin of seeds was taken away from the plants to the scientists laboratories, nullifying Darwin’s laws of natural selection and artificial selection. Thus also, the farmers were reduced to consumer – producers from producers only.

Transgenic crops were accepted by many countries ( if not all ) including India under the impressions that they would ensure food production and prevent crop failure as far as seed quality and pest menaces were concerned. The same is clearly reflected in our own National Agriculture Policy, 2000. But what happened subsequent to that is everybody’s knowledge. Let us examine the case of Bt. Cotton crop in US. According to the chemical used data provided by the US Department of Agriculture, the total million pounds applied between 1946 and 2000 were as under –

1946 = 78 ; 1966 = 64.9 ; 1971 = 73.4 ; 1976 = 64.2 ; 1982 = 19.4 ; 1992 = 19.8 ; 1998 = 14.8*; 2000 = 40.5*.

It is to note that Bt. Cotton was widely cultivated in the US from the year 1996. It, however, failed to reduce crop’s pesticide- dependence in just within 4 years. In India, the cultivation of Bt. Cotton is the single largest factor for the hundreds of farmers’ death in Andhrapradesh and Vidarbha region of Maharastra.

With the origin of GM/GE/Transgenic crops, big multinational industrial houses entered into the seed sector. They wanted to sale their seeds protected by Patent Laws, to farmers every year as their own inventions. This motive is reflected in 2 associated technologies they integrated into the process of such seed generations.

* Terminator Technology (also called TPS or Technologies Protection System –or- GURTs or Generic Use Restriction Technologies) – It is the technique by which the seeds are made male sterile. The technology employed is aimed at preventing the farmers from sowing the seeds from their harvests for the next crops, thus compelling them to buy the seeds for every crop they wish to grow.

* Traitor Technology – It refers to a technology that allows a plants’ genetic traits to be turned ‘ on or off ’ when a certain chemical is applied to the plant or seed. In other words, it is the technology by which sterility is chemically controlled. The industry thus suggests that farmers would be able to activate or deactivate genetic traits such as disease resistance in crop by applying a certain proprietory chemical prescribed by the seed company for the plant or seed that they would have to buy.

The New Threat – arising out of the new terminator technology is a global one and it is against small and marginal farmers, national food security and biodiversity. Over 1.5 billion of our small and marginal farmers ( peasants, in the proper sense) who save their seeds including the HYVs traditionally stand to lose their seed source.

Communities that lose control over their seeds risk losing control over their farming systems and becoming dependent on outside seed sources together with the prescribed proprietory inputs that come along with the seeds. In the changed system where a great majority of the farming communities don’t have access to seed security, food security stand to be disrupted as the same would be impracticable. Hence, our food security will be a myth in the coming days unless we restructure our own system. Fortunately, Indian farmers are encouraged “to save, conserve, exchange and sell their own saved traditional native seeds ( except the branded seeds of protected varieties)” under the Input Management chapter of our National Agriculture Policy, 2000.

In the words of:-

1. Ishopanishad – The universe is the creation of the supreme power meant for the benefit of all his creations. Individual species must, therefore, learn to enjoy its benefits by forming a part of the system in close relationship with one another. Let not only one species encroach upon the others’ rights.

2. Anon – Native biodiversities, a source of pride for each country, composing as it does, a shining part of the national heritage.

3. M.S Swaminathan – Our national food security depends on our ability to conserve all our biological wealth (= biodiversity).

Biodiversity is the degree of biological varieties in nature and not in nature itself. Diversity of species in natural habitats is high in warm moist areas and decrease with increasing latitude and altitude. That is precisely the reason why, tropical moist forests contain half of the worlds’ biological diversity although they occupy only 7% of the worlds’ land area.

Transgenic plants with terminator technology are a direct threat to the biodiversity because there exists a natural phenomenon of horizontal gene transfer between closely grown plants beyond the species, genera and even kingdom barriers. If this happens, countries like ours, rich in biodiversity stand to lose biodiversity soon.

Genetically modified plants have very week immune systems and for that they depend heavily on the application of a chemical designed to uplift their natural defenses against pests and disease. If the fate of the GE crop plants are like this, how can the small and marginal farmers afford to cultivate such plants which demand excessively high cost external inputs for their existence?

In essentiality, GM crops lead to ‘ bioserfdom’ – that is they threaten to hold farmers hostage to multinationals through sterile seeds and chemically dependent plants.

Other facts:-

Transgenic plants produce toxins and allergens owing to genetic modifications. GM Soya cultivated widely in the US and Brazil has such protein in it which is allergic to many human beings. Fibers of Bt. Cotton is found to be allergic to many even in India. So is the case of Bt. Potato, now widely used as potato chips.

Transgenic plants with Bt. gene cause death of monarch butterfly larvae. Even pollen grains from Bt. plants are enough to cause their death.

Transgenic crops with Bt. gene consumed by cows and visited by honey bees render their milk and honey contaminated with Bt. protein, now known to be allergic to many human beings.

Terpenoid gossypol is a trait used to make cotton resistant to caterpillar pests. The cotton seed meal from this crop has been found to be poisonous to swine and turn the yolk in chicken eggs darker.

Transgenic corn is not approved for human consumption; it is meant for the cows. A few years ago pollen from the GM corn fields were drifted away to pollute adjacent corn fields leading to digestive problems in the consumers of such corn. It was such incidents that compelled scientists to adopt terminator technology lading to- not solving the problem rather compounding the same.

Independent scientists like Robert Hartley, Jeremy Rifkin etc. have compiled at least 50 harmful effects of GM foods which include soya sauce, pop corn, candy bar, potato chips and have preferred to level terminator technology as thano (=death) technology. They have also leveled such applications of biotechnology as- wreaking havoc with the planet’s biospheres.

Cauliflower mosaic virus (CaMV) now widely used as a promoter in transgenic crops, is potentially too dangerous because it is a para retro virus and is very similar to Hepatitis B virus and HIV. In the system of non targeted species (like the vertebrates and human beings), it may (lab. tests have shown so) produce recombinant highly virulent virus that may activate oncogenes and cause cancer. This is the opinion of scientists like Professor Joseph Cummins of the University of West Ontario and a host of other independent scientists. Viral affects of our coconut crop and death of plants in the wild west may be due to CaMV infections.

What should we do now ?

We save our seeds.Under the provisions of the Inputs Management chapter (protection of plant varieties) of the National Agriculture Policy 2000, farmers are “allowed their traditional rights to save, use, exchange, share and sell their farm saved seeds.” Under the provisions of the Sustainable Agriculture chapter (agro biodiversity) farmers have been empowered –”conservation of bio-resources through ex-situ preservation in gene banks, as also in–situ conservation in their natural habitats through biodiversity parks.” These activities have been assured “high priority to prevent biodiversity extinction with emphasis on the importance of conservation of the indigenous breeds facing extinction”. It has been promised “to enlist the country’s vast agro biodiversity in a time bound programme.”

Biodiversity means all the plant and animal resources of the planet; when agro-biodiversity includes all those plants and animals of agricultural importance. It includes animals as earthworms, bees, predatory organisms and plants as green manuring, mixed cropping, trap crop and agro-forestry. These were more or less known well to the Indian farmers before 1960s. The green manuring plants, dhaincha (Sesbania), sun hemp (Crotolaria) and Gliricidia are good in kharif and Azolla, senji (Melilorus) and gour (Cyamposis) are good in rabi. Between them they on decomposition, enrich the soil with 60 – 200 kg Nitrogen per hectare in 45 – 60 days. Trap crops protect the main crops like cabbage by mustard, corn by sorghum cotton by corn, groundnut by corn pea and tomato by marigold. In the words of Masanobu Fukuoka, ‘ human salvation lies in returning to nature; the ecological devastation must be reversed before it is too late’.

As far as rice is concerned, all indigenous varieties are not poor yielder, a mistake made by the proponents of the Green Revolutions in this country. They failed to appreciate the fact that some of the natives were better high yielding themselves. Dr.R.H. Richaria, an Internationally renowned Indian rice scientist was known to have documented some such HY – natives, selected and improved through peasants and indigenous people of India which could outmatch and outweigh the best yielding rice HYVs. This was done by Dr. Richaria at least 15 years before the launch of the Green Revolution. Richaria’s highest yield was 54 quintals per acre or 13.6 tons per hectare achieved in Salem and the lowest yield was 24 quintals per acre or 6 tons per hectare achieved in West Bengal from his indigenous improved rice varieties (the basis of cultivation not being known). The presenter himself achieved 28 quintals per acre organically in the fields of a peasant at Mayurbhanj in kharif of 2004-05, using internal inputs only.

Many of the Indian rice varieties have known medicinal properties which have been traditionally used in Ayurveda, Unani systems of medicine and by traditional healers for generations. As per Ayurveda some native Chhattisgarh rice varieties have such medicinal values as tonic aphrodisiac, curative of dysentery, curative in skin infections, useful in the treatment of rheumatism, early removal of placenta in cow after delivery and rice water, an excellent healer of inflammatory disorders. These rice varieties are known locally as – Laicha, Bhejari and Dhanwar. Meharaji, another native rice, has been used as tonic for women after child birth. Saraiphool is known to provide strength to the physically weak persons, Karhani gives relief in case of paralysis. Inhalation of fumes of rice bran of Baisur cure headache and Rasari is used in the treatment of chronic cough. This is widely known among the village elders in Chhattisgarh.

Besides rice grains, soil of rice growing fields are also known to be of medicinal use in Chhattisgarh. The rice soil of Chhattisgarh are of 3 major types – Kanhar (Vertisols); Dorsa (Alfisols) and Matasi (Inceptisols). Such soils are also used in the treatment of over 30 acute and 10 chronic ailments.

Literature is available to show that other countries in south east Asia also exploited the medicinal values of their native rice varieties. Rice bran is known to contain Vitamin – B which cures beriberi. In Malayasia aqueous extracts of boiled green rice is used in eye as a lotion and in the treatment of inflammations of inner body tissues. In China sprouted rice grains are used as digestive stimulant, give tone to muscles and as antiflatulant. The Chinese also believe rice as healer of spleen infections.

Njavara, the unique short duration (60 – 70 days) land rice of Kerala is valued highly for its medicinal properties. This rice strain is aromatic, sweet to taste, easily digestible and has germicidal properties and this is why it is mostly used in treatment only and hardly eaten except in exigency. Njavara rice is used in the treatment of rheumatism, arthritis, neurological disorders and as muscle relaxant by the Ayurvedic physicians.

The presenter was also requested to send some amount of a 60 day paddy (Sathia) to a person in Mumbai for the treatment of an old age person in 2004 and later learnt that the patient got relief.

Some native rice varieties of India and abroad are known to contain substantial amounts of allolochemicals which when released through their leaf, root and pollen restrict the growth and development of other plants (weeds). Such native Indian rice varieties have been documented as Bala, Dular, India AC –1423 and IET – 1444. Japan has one such variety called Novin -29 , and the US has 2 such varieties, Cuba – 6558A and Cuba – 65V58.

In view of the above, it is essential to conserve the different traits of rice varieties so evolved through the combined process of natural selections and artificial selections in different ecoclimatic conditions over the centuries with their fragrance, taste, medicinal and high yielding properties. It is essentially the same for other crops also. Besides, the all important seed has entered into a regime of company monopoly. Farmers have to save their own seeds for the sake of ensured crop and food security. Seed security is more important than food security. If farmers do not save their own seeds urgently they are sure to fall in to trap of the big multinational seed companies and from which they cannot move out. If this happens, all Indians will be reduced to laboratory guinea pigs in the hands of the multinational seed companies very soon.

The necessity to conserve the different rice varieties so adapted to different eco-climatic conditions, important to and now available with the farmers has no doubt stirred them most. They have already started the process. Sri R.K.Behera of Bhandeswar in Balasore and Sri B.Dwivedy of Tentala in Mayurbhanj have conserved 18 & 17 native & nativised rice varieties respectively. Navdanya-PPBSA, Balasore has conserved over 550 rice strains, natives and nativised, till date. Seeds of these varieties are selectively donated to affected farmers in disaster areas like in Erasama, Nandigram (WB) and Nagapattinam(TN) as “seeds of hope,” Navdanya’s disaster management programme.

Another need of the time is sustainability in agriculture which can be achieved only when the farmer strictly avoids all purchased external inputs and relies extensively on farm generated internal inputs, there by reducing the market dependence for growing the crop or crops. The change in system will have to ensure proper maintenance of ecological balance and basic biological functions of soil- water – humus – nutrients continuum. For that the farmer has to abandon the current practice of monoculture of crops and switch over to polyculture, agro forestry, green manuring and integrated crop-live stock system.

Dependence on biodiversity, adoption of vermin technology for enhancing soil fertility and biological – botanical control of pests and diseases are of paramount importance in such a system. It will thus nourish and resuscitate the dying or dead soil, improve the environment, reduce pollution of food and water and generate tasty, healthy and abundant food.

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The first thing that often comes to mind when you mention college scholarships to someone is the full scholarships that only a few people get that completely pay for their entire education. Most times these types of college scholarships are given to students who excel at a particular subject in high school or have the talent to possible become a professional athlete.

Jade Philipsl

College and Universityl
Feb 23, 2011

Computer Aided Drafting Schools – Career Preparation Options

Training is essential when pursuing a career and vocational colleges offer students several educational programs that prepare them for the field. Career preparation options are available through computer aided drafting schools.

Renata McGeel

College and Universityl
Feb 23, 2011

Reiki Schools – Career Training and Education Options

You can study to obtain the skills for a career by enrolling in an accredited Reiki school or program. Training in this area of natural healing will help expand your knowledge and enable you to enter into the career you dream of.

Renata McGeel

College and Universityl
Feb 23, 2011

The University of Michigan’s Ergonomics Department Rewards Worthy Students with Lapel Pins

The idea of using custom lapel pins as rewards is great for any university with multiple departments.

Scott Hayesl

College and Universityl
Feb 23, 2011

Adelphi University to Provide Full Scholarship to Winner of NY Knicks Poetry Competition

In support of a creativity and education initiative by the New York Knicks, Adelphi University is offering a full four-year scholarship to one of the winners of the Knicks Poetry Slam written competition, which finished receiving entries in January.

Kali Chanl

College and Universityl
Feb 23, 2011

Adelphi University to Host “Women in Government: Encouraging the Next Generation”

Adelphi to host panel of women who serve or have served in public office in “Women in Government” event

Kali Chanl

College and Universityl
Feb 23, 2011

Organizing Ideas for an Essay

To ensure that you can fully explore an essay, you need to choose a topic that you are completely familiar with. This will help you to write in great detail and provide reasonable arguments and conclusions. To get a good idea rolling, you’ll need to organize all the basic ideas that your essay will contain. Let’s discuss more.

Philip Greenl

College and Universityl
Feb 23, 2011

Controversial Essays Topics- select one of these for success

Writing an Essays based on a famous personality is like taking a walk in the park, the writer knows all the in and the outs of that personality so it’s pretty easy. But when it comes controversy writing, there is little doubt that provocative

Gary Allenl

College and Universityl
Feb 23, 2011

Title Of Research: Organic Farming As An Approach To Sustainable Development, An

Current Agriculrure is non sustainable because it is highly purchased input orient. It promotos agrochemicals which is injurious to soil health and human health. Sustainable Agriculture eliminates or minimizes purchased inputs. All inputs are onfarm generated and healthy for both the soil and the consumer. It extends the life of soil and the consumers. The food so produce is tasty and healthy. Such an agriculture can run from millenia with ever increasing soil fertility indices.

Dr.Ashok Kumar Panigrahil

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Feb 03, 2010
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Earthworms and their role in soil fertility enhancement

Earthworms are known as the friends of farmers since Darwin. But it is only recently that their full potentialities have been evaluated and they are being used in growing food almost every where in the world. There are a total of about 4400 earthworm species known but only a countable are being employed in agriculture. The article explains every details of these agriculturally important earthworms and suggest the best way to derive maximum benefit out of them.

Dr.Ashok Kumar Panigrahil

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Jul 20, 2009
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Disaster is a catastrophe, mishap, calamity or grave occurrence affecting an area, arising from natural or manmade causes, or by accident or negligence which results in substantial loss of life or human suffering or damage to, and destruction of, property, or damage to, or degradation of, environment, and is of such a nature or magnitude as beyond the coping capacity of the community of the affected area. Disaster mitigation in agriculture is essential.Education has an important role in it.

Dr.Ashok Kumar Panigrahil

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Jul 07, 2009
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For eastern India year 2009 is an El Nino year meaning there will be less rainfall this year. Till date precipitation received is so meagre that kharif cultivation is yet to start, even if it is the end of first week of July. Kharif cultivation appears to be hard hit. Food security in the entire region is highly threatened.

Dr.Ashok Kumar Panigrahil

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Jul 07, 2009
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Biodiversity and its conservation

Biodiversity is the nature’s gift to mankind.Plant diversity is reciprocal to animal diversity and both are important to man for its very survival. Currently biodersity is under threat. Biodiversity together with ecosystem diversity and population diversity are in the decline. Without biodiversity and with one species dominating the eco system is threatened and is bound to perish beyond its carrying capacity.

Dr.Ashok Kumar Panigrahil

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Jun 19, 2009
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Municipal solid waste management has been a poblemetic issue in most tropical countries of the world. MSW, if properly managed, can be a source of energy and soil fertility enhancing vermi compost and its faulty management can spread epidemics. The author wishes to throw some light as to how MSW can be better managed.

Dr.Ashok Kumar Panigrahil

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May 22, 2009
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Why We Should Reject the Current Agri Practices and What Should We Do to Meet the Ever Increasing Global Hunger Sustainably

Modern agri practices have resulted in crops that are seral community,the GM crops have failed, the food is devoid of Vit.A&C, zinc & copper, manganese, nickel & cobalt, contains more carbohydrate and less protein all due to the applications of ACFs, pests show more resistances, pesticides result in more human deaths than pests. Sustainable agriculture produce healthy and tasty food, the B:C ratios are high. There is no chance of hman death in this agriculture.

Dr.Ashok Kumar Panigrahil

News and Society>
Jul 26, 2008

Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development

Sustainable development is defined as the process of development that meets the need of the present generation without compromising the ability of the future generations to meet their need.

Dr.Ashok Kumar Panigrahil

News and Society>
Jun 05, 2008
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Why Most Corporate Diversity Programs Are Wrong-headed
The goal of most corporate diversity programs is simple: to increase the percentages of certain minorities in the overall employee pool to mirror the country as a whole.  It’s a misguided approach, even when it comes with programs designed to help retain minorities that have been hired. 
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Look to Culture For Finding Answers On How To Manage Diversity

Carol’s boss wants her to change her management style so she can better manage diversity. “You are too traditional,” he advises her. Here are some key questions both Carol and her boss must consider:

What basic assumptions drive your organization − what makes life tick at your place of business? What fundamental understandings do people quickly learn that help them fit in and work in acceptable ways, and how are these assumptions passed on to employees?

While values and traditions are usually made clear in some ways (through policy manuals, for instance), assumptions that drive the life of a company are quite different.

The idea of “Spaghetti Wednesdays” was carefully explained to me when I once applied for an internship in a large Cincinnati company. To this day, I still believe that anyone admitting they hated spaghetti would not have gotten the job!

Behaviors like rolling up your shirt sleeves for a morning coffee break or staying late at work to show your loyalty or even faithfully eating spaghetti on Spaghetti Day are different from more deep-seated assumptions held by organizations.

Roosevelt Thomas, Jr., considered the father of change management philosophy, suggests to understand culture, think of an organization as a tree. The roots are the actual culture and are invisible or below the surface. “But they give rise to the trunk branches, and leaves − the visible parts of the tree. Nothing can take place in the branches and be sustained naturally unless it is congruent with the roots,” he writes (Thomas, 1997).

I once knew a co-worker who was fired from a multinational pharmaceutical corporation. He didn’t understand why this happened until someone finally took him aside and explained he wore loafers with tassles. Poor guy. His feelings were still hurt, it seeemed, when telling me the story. Of course, there was a deep-seated arrogance in the company based on social class, and the shoes apparently indicated he didn’t fit the culture test.

Unlike my hearing about “Spaghetti Wednesday,” when I applied for the job, “Jim” was expected to “catch on” to what others who succeeded at this company somehow knew.

At another company, where I once did some corporate training, anyone important was wearing a Seico watch and using multiple ways to let it be known (almost flashing it in my face as I walked down the hall). So I decided after the first day on site that purchasing a Seico watch would be a good idea.

What are some underlying assumptions that allow one organization to build and sustain a diversified workplace while another company gets lost in resistance?

One deep assumption for resisting companies could be that “all of this diversity stuff” will simply disappear as politics change. In this circumstance, it is obvious diversity will remain a “fair weather” item until managers realize that managing diversity is critical to the company’s sustained growth and viability.

This needed change of assumptions can happen when there is an underlying reognition that diversity nurtures unique opportunities for the organization − that people who are “different” from the status quo may actually have something new to offer that will help the company reach new markets.

Or that unique people have new and different ideas of value to bring to the organization, perhaps a different way of identifying problems that could add to problem solving success.

Until then, a manager in a traditionally managed organization might go to a conference or read something about diversity management that sounds good, get excited and try to change the current business culture.

But no matter how hard she or he tries, it will be impossible to motivate others to see a diversity project all of the way through. The resistance will eventually halt change until the culture shifts.

As Thomas writes, studying the tree of culture has much to teach us…(it’s all in the roots!)

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Doyle’s introduction as the new CEO of Domino’s came on the heels of a major announcement: Domino’s was changing the recipe of its pizza. The movement became known as The Pizza Turnaround, with the “cardboard complaint” one of the most contentious issues. A seasoned marketer, Doyle took to YouTube, admitted mistakes, recognizing and need for change and kicking off one of the edgiest marketing moves in recent years. In this program, you will find out: * The relationship between marketing and leadership * How to build on growth * How to drive and lead an organization through a dramatic cultural shift Full version is FREE to watch at: bit.ly

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