Archive | February, 2009

Next Reading: A Bitter Harvest

16 Feb

We have selected “A Bitter Harvest,” written by the Institute for Food and Development First/Food First, an organization that analyzes “the root causes of global hunger, poverty, and ecological degradation and developing solutions in partnership with movements working for social change.” This paper provides an excellent introduction as to the origins and causes of the current agricultural crisis in Punjab. Some of you may have heard about the rise in farmer suicides in India, which I suspect is a problem in other countries as well. What many people do not know is that this is a SIGNIFICANT problem in Punjab and has been overlooked. We will be looking at how factors such as debt, decreasing crop yields, decrease in prices, and dowry are significant contributors to farmer suicides in Punjab. What’s interesting is that the author of this paper is not a Sikh! The supplemental readings include some news articles that refute these assertions. You can download the paper and the supplemental readings below. A Bitter Harvest is not a long reading, so we encourage all of you to read this paper and even better, come to the meeting! Please feel free to give your feedback via online! Let us know if you have any readings to recommend.

This Month’s Reading:

Supplemental Readings (Optional)

Punjab Agriculture

Farmer Suicides in Punjab (Background Information)

Farmer Suicides and Agriculture in India

Pesticides and It’s Effects

Water Crisis

Female Infanticides