Kapil Shah works for an organisation in Maharashtra called Jatan: Mission for Organic Farming. Kapil says that at the start farmers were happy with the introduction of Monsanto’s GM cotton. Good weather conditions and a high global price for cotton made it profitable for farmers to grow. So, many farmers stopped growing vegetables and other crops to just focus on cotton. After almost 8 years of growing GM cotton, farmers started to experience serious problems.
He says pesticide use had increased to the same level, or even more, than before the introduction of Monsanto’s cotton. Pests have become more aggressive than they were before, with some even becoming resistant to pesticides, meaning that farmers are buying even more. Crops are becoming susceptible to diseases that previously were not a problem. Soil quality has deteriorated because GM cotton drains soil of its nutrients. The switch to cotton farming has also meant that less food was grown locally, leading to food shortages. Continue reading →
Christian Voices Coming Out is a heritage project capturing the stories of pioneering LGBT Christian activists, advocates and allies over the past 40 years. These individuals have worked for the acceptance, affirmation and welcome of queer and transgender people. They have challenged the churches when they have diminished and dismissed their lives, loves and identities. and borne witness to a Christian faith built on principles of justice, compassion and love.
The exhibition includes the stories of many LGBT Christian activists, advocates and allies from a wide variety of church backgrounds, celebrating 40 years of prophecy, protest and pride.
Please join us for our February ‘Talk in the Chapel’ by Tracey Byrne, chief executive of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (LGCM) about the ‘Christian Voices Coming Out’ heritage project and exhibition.
The exhibition is free, and open during Chapel Café times:
10am – 4pm on weekdays
10am – 3pm on SaturdaysBishop Street Church
10a Bishop Street, Town Hall Square LE1 6AF