Human trafficking is a labour issue, says Bandana Pattanaik

Human trafficking is a labour issue, says Bandana Pattanaik

SOURCE : Posted by Guardian on Youtube

Women who travel from Bangladesh, India and Nepal for domestic work in the Middle East are vulnerable to mistreatment, says Bandana Pattanaik, international co-ordinator of Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women, which comprises more than 100 NGOs. The alliance aims to protect women by providing safer routes of travel and bolstering employment rights – many female migrant workers say they are underpaid, overworked and unprotected by law.



Do You Know Who Is Rolling Your Cigarettes In Bangladesh?

Do You Know Who Is Rolling Your Cigarettes In Bangladesh?

Children fill up empty cigarettes manually with locally grown tobacco in a small bidi (cigarette) factory at Haragach in Rangpur district, Bangladesh.

According to a 2012 study by US-based NGO, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, over  45,000 people in Bangladesh are employed in manufacturing inexpensive cigarettes  known as bidis and this number includes “many women and children working in  household based establishments where they make low wages and live in poverty.”

A child fills up empty cigarettes manually with locally grown tobacco in a small bidi (cigarette) factory at Haragach in Rangpur district, Bangladesh.

Image credits Andrew Biraj/Reuters

Article source

Bangladesh to grow GM Brinjal

Bangladesh to grow GM Brinjal

Bangladeshi scientists have readied the country’s first genetically modified (GM) crop — brinjal infused with pest-resistant genes — that will see a drastic fall in the use of harmful pesticides in the crop.

Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (Bari) will apply to the National Technical Committee for Crop Biotechnology on Sunday for its release next month, said officials concerned. Once cleared, the GM crop will go through a bio-safety regulatory process and public consultation before its release, they said. Of all vegetables produced in the country, brinjal tops the list in terms of pesticide use. Fruit and shoot borer (FSB), considered the most devastating pest in South and Southeast Asia, ravages brinjal fields and can cause loss of the crop by as much as 70 percent unless a heavy dose of pesticide is used. Farmers are found to apply pesticides of up to 50 times in a cropping season of brinjal against a recommended dose of 25, making the vegetable highly toxic.

Image taken from

Once the crop is released, Bangladesh will join a group of 28 countries that grow GM crops. Though it will be the country’s first home-grown GM crop, consumers in Bangladesh have long been exposed to GM food through consumption of imported GM soybean oil.

If Bt brinjal is approved for release, Bangladesh will be the first in the region to grow a GM food crop. The release of Bt Brinjal was stalled in India amid outcry by green groups, while anti-GM activists damaged the GM crop in experimental areas in the Philippines. But none of the two countries slapped any ban on Bt Brinjal. India imposed a temporary moratorium on Bt Brinjal’s release while research on the GM crop reached an advanced stage in the Philippines.

Bt-Brinjal’s Damages Liver and Immunity

The consumption of genetically modified brinjal can make you sick. If eaten regularly, it can adversely hit the immune response of the body, cause liver damage and lead to reproductive disorders.

This has emerged from toxicity studies done by Mahyco in rats fed on Bt brinjal for up to 90 days, but the company either suppressed these facts or misrepresented them while submitting data to the regulator – the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC).

Based on this data, the GEAC approved the commercial release of Bt brinjal, but the approval was subsequently put on hold by environment minister Jairam Ramesh in February 2010 in India.

Article source :Daily star




%d bloggers like this: