PE03
Food and environmental security: the imperatives of indigenous knowledge systems

Convenors:
Apurba R Ghosh (The University of Burdwan)
Discussant:
A.M. Puste
Location:
Roscoe 2.3
Start time:
6 August, 2013 at 9:00
Session slots:
9

Short abstract:

The aims and scope of the Panel would include: threats in biodiversity, bio-piracy and gene fragility; common people's rights vis-à-vis globalization issues; common people's participation with their wisdom and experience

Long abstract:

Our organized farming is the cause of the start of the current civilization. Simultaneously, this organized farming is viewed as the beginning of the threatened earth. The IPCC has emphatically confirmed the gravity of the problem. The biggest impact of global warming on humans is obviously through the effect of changed climate patterns on farm and forestry. History at different phases has reiterated that only after intervention of S & T the very question of security in farm and environmental front has been alarming. As a result the world has already entered into an era of scarcity. Water, food, energy and environment (forming quadrilateral conundrum) have got interwoven in a spiral of decline and degradation. The concomitted consequences of food crisis and environmental degradation go beyond simple economics. Such crisis will deepen over time, and until action is taken, the risk of a "NO FUTURE" future will become alarmingly real. The cost of our inertia/lethargy/inaction in dealing with environmental issues is becoming increasingly higher. The capitalistic approach towards exploitation of biodiversity and indigenous knowledge (IK) and unequal benefit sharing have raised issues of ownership of knowledge and questioning of IPR, the principal legal mechanism for protection of IK, innovations and practices. The aims and scope of the Panel would obviously include (a) threats in biodiversity, bio-piracy and gene fragility; (b) common people's rights vis-à-vis globalization issues; (c) common people's participation with their wisdom and experience