Category Archives: Agriculture

When Worlds Collide #120: Asia’s smallest state Maldives faces big climate threats

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today newspaper on 5  September 2014 Small island nations are in focus this week, as well as throughout this year. The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #117: Once and Future Organics in Sri Lanka

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today newspaper on 15 August 2014 It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong, cautioned the French writer and philosopher François-Marie Arouet (1694 – 1778), better known … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #100: Seeds of Discord over Lanka’s new Seeds Act

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today broadsheet newspaper on 14 March 2014 Is the Department of Agriculture (DoA) the biggest impediment to our pursuing sustainable agriculture in Sri Lanka? I once posed this question to the … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #84: Have Lankans Suspended Disbelief Permanently?

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 22 September 2013 A dozen years ago, a leading tele-drama director and I had a friendly debate live on national TV Rupavahini’s breakfast show. He argued that … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #81: Who Added Conspiracy to Our Milk?

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 1 September 2013 After nearly a month of confusion and panic, the government now says it “probably overreacted” in its response to stories of contamination in milk … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #80: When politicians turn to science for evidence…

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 25 August 2013 “For every expert, there is an equal and opposite expert!” With those tongue-in-cheek words, Sir Arthur C Clarke opened a June 1998 … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #79: SALT can Save Lanka’s Upcountry Land and Soil

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 18 August 2013 “If this flight is a waste of my time, you’re going to pay for it,” Julian Manning, managing director of Ceylon Tobacco … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #78: Homicide by Pesticides: Can we escape?

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 11 August 2013 Everybody lives downstream of somebody else! That was the core message in a column I wrote a year ago (26 August 2012) … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #73: Stuck in Fast Forward? Slow Down!

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 7 July 2013 I’m a slow reader of books. I do it deliberately hemin-hemin. Oh, I can read fast when I really have to — … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #61: Climate Change – Adapt Now or Perish Later!

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday newspaper on 7 April 2013 As Sri Lanka sizzles in April heat, some ask: is this due to global warming? Well, not exactly: high temperatures are typical for … Continue reading

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