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Chemical Detoxification and Food Security in Sri Lanka

Dilhani Thantirimudalige  “Food and medicine are not two different things: they are the front and back of one body. Chemically grown vegetables may be eaten for food, but they cannot be used as medicine.” Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution The recent decision to ban the use of chemical fertilizer on farmlands is seen as a […]
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Garment Factories: Fueled by Exploitation and Gender Discrimination

Kamanthi Wickramasinghe  Long working hours sans lunch breaks or intermittent rests to meet an overwhelming number of targets in a largely unfriendly working environment sums up what a garment factory worker goes through on a daily basis. But this is just a fraction of the larger picture. Even though the Asia-Pacific region is known as […]
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The Ban on Chemical Fertiliser

Arulkarki In Sri Lanka, chemical fertilisers were in use for paddy, vegetables, and fruit cultivation and also for tea, rubber, and coconut cultivation in the plantations. Through this, farmers were able to supply considerable quantities of their products to local and foreign markets. Chemical fertilisers and insecticides increased the harvest. But, the government’s
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Work from Home and the Pain of Women

Haya Arwa The impact of the coronavirus in Sri Lanka, including the frequent imposition of travel bans and lockdowns by the government has caused various changes and impacts on the lives of citizens. Both public and private sector employees and school children have been pushed into new life experiences and vulnerabilities. With the “Work from […]
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The Truth Hidden in the Ashes of the Burnt Ship

Aruna Lakshman Fernando     The ship X-Press Pearl drowned near the Colombo harbour. The author believes that it is reasonable to describe what took place as enormous environmental devastation than just another shipwreck. The burning of the vessel brought on irreparable damage to Sri Lanka’s marine environment and biodiversity. It also negatively affected