articles by Maneka Gandhi

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Excessive pesticides in agriculture make livestock vulnerable to aflatoxin contamination; affected dairy products can cause cancer in humans

Food containing aflatoxin concentrations, of just one milligram per kilogram, can cause aflatoxicosis which causes nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and convulsions in the short term and acute liver failure, jaundice, lethargy, eventually leading to death, according to a WHO study in February 2018.

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High risk of contamination makes seafood dangerous; people should avoid it for own health if not animal welfare

Seafood has been implicated in so many outbreaks of illnesses that data is collected by official agencies in every country

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Veganism backed by strong political will only way to combat consumer capitalism; mass lobbying must to fight carnism

Veganism is about dismantling a system that depends on the enslavement and abuse of nonhuman lives.

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Tuna on the plate! Filets, steaks, burgers that tickle your taste buds may just cause histamine poisoning

Symptoms of scombroid fish poisoning can include a tingling or burning sensation in the mouth, facial swelling, rash, hives and itchy skin, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea, flushing of the face, headache, faintness among others.

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Consumed by capitalism, veganism has neither saved animals nor plants but transformed into money machine for food behemoths

Vegans seem to believe that we can simply spend our way to animal liberation and saving the planet.

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Judiciary must take lead in creating awareness about link between animal abuse, other forms of violence

In addition to having a reputation for being an environmentally conscious member of the judiciary, Justice Sharma has delivered landmark judgments, such as granting the status of a living entity to River Ganga and the animal kingdom.

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From guitarfish with no lids to a squid with orange-sized lenses, the animal kingdom's eyes are proof of nature's creativity

The animal kingdom, however, has the strangest, most complex eyes within it, from six-eyed spiders to geckos that can see 350 times better than humans. Some animals see infrared and ultraviolet, parts of the spectrum not visible to humans. Some animals even use their eyes to frighten predators or, like butterflies, imitate the eyes of larger animals with completely different parts of their bodies

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Multidrug-resistant fungal infections threaten food and health security; sustainable crop practices may hold solution

To avoid a global collapse in our ability to control fungal infections, and to avoid critical failures in medicine and food security, we must put public health before company fiscal health

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From stealthy chimps, smart orca whales to farmer leafcutter ants, animals do better as community than humans

Once animals are grouped, a mechanism comes into play that makes living in a group efficient

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Trees are not inanimate, passive species, but can smell, taste and actually signal stress when in distress

Unable to run away, plants deploy a complex vocabulary to signal distress, deter or poison enemies, and recruit animals to perform various services for them.

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Pooch matters: Dogs get say in owners' mate selection, show studies; women see pet canines as children

Women placed value on how their dog reacted to a potential mate, in the same way that she would put value on how her human children would react to a potential mate, according to studies.

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Identifying traits of animals that are similar to human beings will help people empathise with birds and beasts

A study by psychologists in McGill University and the University of British Columbia, Canada, published in Nature Methods, shows that mice, like humans, express pain through facial expressions in the same way humans do.

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Bonsai does't enhance interior design, aquariums aren't aesthetic, breads kill birds: Stop inflicting pain on animals and trees

Bonsai trees are actually huge ones that are weakened and stunted constantly by cutting their roots, and not allowing them to grow.

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Disappearing crows, a wake up-caw: Intelligent birds just like humans, action needed before numbers further dwindle

Like humans, crows plan for the future. They store tools for later use, cache food, and only hide those pieces of food that they know will be running low in the future.

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Sex-change process among many marine species helps them maintain male-female ratio, allows reproduction as per need

Sequential hermaphroditism occurs when the individual changes sex at some point in its life and produces eggs or sperm at different stages in life.

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Humans are not the ultimate beings on earth, there are many in animal, avian, marine spheres that have similar skills and feelings

The human is the ultimate cannibal: eating his own kind, humans in another form, again and again.

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Rampant use of methamphetamine, an equivalent of ractopamine, in meat may trigger heart attacks, organ damage

India is the top user and supplying country in the world – supplying 100 percent of ractopamine to countries in Eastern Europe, Eastern Asia, and Central America.

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Several living organisms are neither animals nor plants, defy traditional ways of classification

Mesodinium chamaeleon, a strange green creature found in Denmark that lives at the bottom of the sea, is causing researchers to rethink traditional ways of classifying living organisms.

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The intelligent crow: Like in Aesop's famous fable, bird understands basic cause-effect relations, show studies

Crows and ants are my “thing”. So smart, so elegant, so sophisticated, so family-minded, so disciplined — everything that humans should be and are not, writes Maneka Gandhi.