18 May '11, 8pm

Indian Farmer Suicides: One Every 30 Minutes : TreeHugger via @TreeHugger

What these intense numbers don't reveal are two things. One is that the numbers themselves are failing to capture the enormity of the problem. In what we call a failure of information on the part of the Indian government, entire categories of farmers are completely left out of the purview of farm suicide statistics, because they don't formally own title to land. This includes women farmers, Dalit, or so-called lower caste farmers, as well as Adivasi, or tribal community farmers. In addition, the government's programs and the relief programs that they've offered fail to capture not only this broad category, but also fail to provide timely debt relief and compensation or address broader structural issues that are leading to these suicides in the country.

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/05/indian-farmer-sui...


Can An Entire Town Go #Solar?

treehugger.com 19 May '11, 1pm

"We have just installed our first ten solar systems, the first of what we believe will be well over a hundred in the town....