Furniture Is Made Out of Mushrooms

Inspired by mushrooms, Sebastian Cox is making furniture from fungus. Eighteen months after first finding two sticks held together by fungus, Cox stood holding a fully formed, fungus-made lamp and stool in his workshop in southeast London. A furniture maker by profession, Cox has focused on making wooden goods with minimal environmental impact and as […]

Enterprising woman farmer charts a path to prosperity

From an impoverished homemaker to a successful farmer and trusted counselor for many women in the area, the story of Sangita Mhatre of Mande is an inspiring tale of how women in rural India can take charge of their destiny given the slightest of opportunities “We were losing our new chickens fast. To save the […]

Indian mangoes dropping early after cyclone

After the recent cyclone ravaged many farms in Tamil Nadu, farmers are still suffering the after effects. Farmers in Muthalamada are reporting that their mangoes are falling much earlier than normal and are rushing to harvest the early bloomers. ‘‘Though there is no expert confirmation on the role of Vardah at Muthalamada, the situation is […]

State boosts direct fruit, veg retail sales

The state government of Maharashtra is now relaxing norms for the creation of alternative marketing channels to allow companies to purchase directly from farmers, bypassing intermediaries. This boost for direct retail sales of fruits and vegetables as against the traditional system, wherein farmers sell produce to traders in Agricultural Produce Marketing Committees (APMCs), will ensure […]