A hard look at the implications of expensive seeds and technology on farmers, especially those in the third world

China has proved that genomics is no longer the preserve of developed countries

The two recently published private research efforts at decoding the rice genome do contribute to the International Rice Genome Sequencing Project, but do not detract from the significance of the yet to be completed international effort

Farmers and activists in Bastar reject high yielding rice varieties to preserve traditional varieties

Will poor farmers benefit from rice progress?

Burgeoning population and agricultural encroachment in the last half century have erected artificial walls within the Gond tribes. These ethnic groups, dominating the Bastar district, have little social or economic interchange today

Entry of high yielding hybrid rice has spelt doom for traditional diversity in the Konkan belt. Thanks to a science academy, the ancient legacy now stands a chance of survival

The patent granted on something 'better than' basmati could have been fought better

India puts up a spirited defence for its European export trade

Pakistan is proactive at protecting its basmati markets

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