Gujarat villagers use mangroves to fight ocean fury
In 10 years, tidal waves have eaten into lots of cultivable land in coastal Khantiajal
village. Villagers have planned extensive cultivation of mangroves the only plant
that thrives in sea and brackish water in over 500 hectares of muddy land along the
coast. Mangroves can check soil erosion and increase fish production, claim optimistic
||Monsanto's chapatis anger India
A patent filed in Europe gives Monsanto rights over the use of Nap Hal wheat to make
chapatis, which consist of flour, water and salt. Greenpeace is attempting to block
Monsanto's patent, accusing the company of "bio-piracy".
birds are OK
In a bid to allay public fears, Taiwan and Singapore have studied 1020 droppings of
migratory birds and none were found to carry the deadly bird flu virus.