Author Archive for Chandre Dharmawardana

A Daily Mirror Editorial writer gives a false, scary picture of “The Silent killer in Sri Lanka”.

Sunday, December 2nd, 2018

By Prof. Chandre Dharmawardana, Ottawa, Canada. We live in a world where learned judges of a California court decided to award millions to a gardener who claimed to have contracted cancer on using a common herbicide, glyphosate, in tending a school garden. We live in a world where a California doctor addressed the Sri Lankan […]

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Samalan Weva archeological sites and Taliban-like activity by Eelamists.

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

Chandre Dharmawardana, Canada. Samalankulam or Smalang weva has been a place name that we had included in our list of place-names in the North and East (scroll to Samalankulam at the website: ).  This was made available to the public since approximately 2002 to 2006. Samalankulam had been listed in the 1982 Annual Report […]

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Are the vegetables sold in Sri Lankan markets full of Toxic Pesticides?

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

Chandre Dharmawardana, Ottawa Canada According to a news report, a scientific meeting of the Dept. of Agriculture (DOA)  was held in Peradeniya on the 6th and 7th   of September 2018 on  Agriculture beyond production”. One aspect  of this topic was bringing farm produce to the consumer with the minimum of waste. It is well known […]

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Comment on the Gomin Dayasiri’s  Interview on the Pathikada Program.

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

Chandre Dharmawardana Many of you may have listened to the interview given on 5th November on the Pathikada-Sirasa program, with Bandula Jayasekera himself hosting the interview. The lawyer held the view that this government should have been allowed to continued to run its course, and gave mainly legalistic arguments, or arguments based on predicting the […]

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Honey bee decline now confirmed to be mainly due to Viruses, and a new unexpected solution!

Monday, October 8th, 2018

Chandre Dharma wardana. It has been fashionable to claim that honey bees and wild bees in particular are declining in numbers, and that this is caused by glyphosate, neo-necotinoids and other agrochemicals, especially by eco-activist NGOs and donation-collecting organizations like the AVAAZ team. However, scientists had suspected that the new types of viruses, parasites, loss […]

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Ecological reasons for moving away from meat and livestock.

Friday, August 31st, 2018

Chandre Dharmawardana, Canada. The reasons for the production and consumption of more vegetables, cereals and fruits are  not just  those based on religious considerations, but they are  also over-whelmingly scientific and ecological. Livestock farming requires a huge amount of water and land as pasture. The amount of  agrochemicals  and veterinary chemicals needed also are high, […]

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An Argentinian Film claiming the birth of deformed children due use of agrochemicals in Argentina

Saturday, August 25th, 2018

Chandre Dharmawardana This kind of propaganda claiming that deformed childern are born due to the use of glyphosate and other agrochemicals is not new. Similar films were shown regularly  at all sorts of green-activist rallies some  years ago as well, and now almost as a matter of routine. These NGOs command vast financial resources, fanning […]

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Reply to Grusha Andrews’ rant on glyphosate.

Saturday, August 18th, 2018

By Chandre Dharmawardana, Canada I am glad that Grusha Andrews (GA) has given me another opportunity to discuss agrochemicals and the scientific approach to the elucidation of causative factors of ill health and disease. The readers may  note Grusha Andrews’  tone of the holy Inquisitor, nay of the Nazi Sturmabteilung in dealing with  myself, Dr. […]

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Can a California Jury decide if a pesticide caused  gardener Johnson’s cancer ?

Sunday, August 12th, 2018

Chandre Dharmawardana A set of California Jurors has decided that the use of the herbicide Roundup was the cause of the cancer contracted by Mr. Johnson, a California-school gardener. This is an alarming warning to modern technical societies. Modern societies are still using ancient instruments of judgement, namely, the old court system which came into […]

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Are the populations of bees and butterflies declining?

Sunday, July 29th, 2018

Chandre Dharmawardana, Canada. There are always intermittent reports and circulation of petitions about the loss of bee populations, butterfly populations, fire-fly populations etc and evident environmental damage. These reports are never accompanied by entomological surveys of insect populations and other relevant data. Instead, it will claim that the reader in his/her childhood days saw many […]

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The proposed “Gamperaliya” may signal the end of village tanks, and tank-based agriculture.

Monday, July 16th, 2018

Chandre Dharmawardana, Canada According to the news item that appeared in the Daily Mirror, 15-July-2018, the government plans to “hand over” the maintenance of village tanks to villagers themselves. The Prime Minster is supposed to have said: “we have decided to focus on villages. If we renovate tanks the villages will benefit from these projects. […]

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Dr. Gunathillake’s Daily Mirror article about Glypohosate adjuvants and their toxicity.

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

By Prof. Chandre Dharmawardana. I have seen this and previous publications by Dr. Gunathilleke and some of his friends regarding the claimed toxicity of the glyphosate-based  herbicides, in spite of its safe record extending over 4 decades, and the most recent study on 90,000 farmers exposed to glyphosate formulations for over 23 years, with no […]

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Dr. Jayasinghe’s “No poison in my plate” syndrome and his “need to ban glyphosate”.

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

By Chandre Dharmawardana Dr. Lal Jayasinghe (LJ) writing in the Island (11-05-2018)  gives three reasons that he says are put out  in opposing the ban. He is of course for the ban. The glyphosate debate in Sri Lanka is an intellectual and scientific scandal. Seemingly, Sri Lankan scientists are remaining silent about it? No, in […]

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ග්ලයිෆොසේට් තහනම: රජයේ වෛද්‍ය නිලධාරීන්ගේ සංගමය පර්යේෂණය අධ්‍යයනය කොට තිබේ ද?

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

චන්ද්‍ර ධර්මවර්ධන 2018 අපේ‍්‍රල්19 වැනි දා ‘ඬේලි නිව්ස්’ පුවත්පතේ පළවූ Glyphosate Ban: Has the GMOA studied the Research? නැමැති ලිපියේ සිංහල පරිවර්තනය ‘යහපාලනය ලංකා’ අනුග‍්‍රහයෙනි ග්ලයිෆොසේට් වැනි ‘හානිකර රසායනික’ හොරෙන් මෙරටට ගෙන්වන්නන්ට එරෙහිව ‘දැඩි පියවර’ ගැනීමට හැකි වන පරිද්දෙන් අලූත් නීති හඳුන්වා දිය යුතුව ඇති බව, අපේ‍්‍රල් 11 වැනි දා පැවති ප‍්‍රවෘත්ති සාකච්ඡුාවකදී, රජයේ වෛද්‍ය […]

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The GMOA guns glyphosate and misses a milestone study on 90,000 people?

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

By Chandre Dharmawardana, Canada [A shorter version of this article appeared in the Daily News:] In a press conference held on 11th April,  the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) stated that fresh laws should be introduced to take stern action” against people involved in smuggling in such harmful chemicals” like glyphosate. The GMOA considers  […]

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Restore Fertilizers and lift the ban on the pesticides: Glyphosate and Paraquat.

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

By Chandre Dharnawardana, Canada. Paraquate was an excellent  herbicide which was banned by a previous government mainly because farmers who went bankrupt due to  government rice policies used paraquat  to commit  suicide! Gyphosate was the other popular herbicide  banned in 2015, ensuring that the farmer and even the wealthy tea planter should commit suicide. Pethiyagoda, […]

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UK’s continued sanction of Tamil-Tiger fronts

Sunday, February 25th, 2018

CHANDRE DHARMAWARDANA Canada Courtesy The Island According to an Island newspaper report, “responding to the Global Tamil Forum’s (GTF) plea, the South Asia Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) on Feb. 22 assured Surendiran that the UK took the incident ‘very seriously’ and Minister for South Asia personally got in touch with Sri Lankan […]

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Election forecasting in a land of chaos!

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

By Chandre Dharnawardana, Canada Can you predict the outcome of a toss of a coin, given enough data and a sufficiently large computer? Can you predict the outcome of the next election if we are given enough opinions polls and a sufficiently large computer? These are of course the sort of questions that might interest […]

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Is Sri Lanka a “Killing field” full of toxins where people die of chronic disease?

Monday, January 15th, 2018

by Chandre Dharmawardana, Canada. ([email protected]) The claim that Sri Lankan soils and its agricultural produce are full of toxins, and that it is a “killing field”  is an attractive slogan for those foreign agents who compete with Sri Lanka’s  agricultural products. It is also a useful cry for those who want to destroy the rural […]

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Have the attacks on the tea industry and agriculture sectors a sinister political dimension?

Saturday, December 23rd, 2017

Chandre Dharmawardana. Please see: There are those who wish to kill the tea plantations arguing that it is an unprofitable, ecologically unsound, colonially imposed liability etc.  While  some aspects of those arguments are true, many observers have suggested  a hidden agenda  behind all this.  The tea industry is being channeled  to collapse by (i) banning […]

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The Khapra Beetle and using that Russian credit line!

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

Chandre Dharmawardana, Canada. Sri Lanka’s tea industry had been hit hard in recent times from several quarters. The drought brought trouble for tea, and even more trouble for  the paddy farmer. The knee-jerk ban of the herbicide glyphosate falsely claiming it to cause kidney miles away from the tea plantations, in the Rajarata, was another […]

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Can Organic farming feed the world?

Friday, December 8th, 2017

By Chandre Dharmawardana, Canada. The blazing banner  of a media release (14-Nov-2017)  by the Swiss-based  Research Institute of Organic agriculture”  caught  headlines all over the world as it made the claim that organic farming can feed the world after all” (see also the scientific paper in Nature communications”).  In Strategies for feeding the world more […]

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The European Union approves the herbicide Glyphosate by another five years.

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

Chandre Dharmawardana , Canada. After deliberations that lasted almost a month, and months of preliminary review at various levels, the European Union countries have votes over-overwhelmingly to extend the use of the controversial herbicide Glyphosate. Monsanto and many other agro-chemical companies sell the product since the original Monsanto patent expired decades ago . It has […]

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Toxicity of heavy-metal toxins to earthworms and cattle.

Monday, November 20th, 2017

By Chandre Dharmawardana My article entitled Why do ‘Vanniye-Attho’ and NCP Farmers get CKDu while their cows don’t?” produced several curious responses (Lanka Web, 17-11-2017) which fit in with the well-known way in which proponents of pseudoscience and conspiracy theories extend their claims when faced with the actual facts. Basically, they spin additional explanations that […]

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Why do `Vanniye-Attho’ and NCP Farmers get CKDu while their cows don’t?

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Chandre Dharmawardana,  Canada. Regarding Kidney disease among the Vanniye-Aththo. Unfortunately, this author (Dr Amarasiri De Silva, an anthopologist)  has not checked his facts and instead simply followed what a young Swedish Research student who had come to write a social studies  thesis on Anthopology has said, ignoring the excellent work done by local scientists and […]

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An “Aiyoo See” (IOC) budget that pretends to be green.

Sunday, November 12th, 2017

Chandre Dharmawardana, Ottawa, Canada What caught my eye regarding the  Mangala” budget were the headiness claiming that it is an eco-green  budget. On reading more about it, one can only say in Colombo English, Aiyoo!  See”, i.e.,  Alas ! Look (at this scam)”. But the Aiyoo-see” can also be written as IOC, the Indian Oil […]

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Hidden agenda behind push for changing Constitution?

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

By Chandre Dharmawardana,Canada When a pot of water heats up, small bubbles form, then bigger bubbles form, and convection currents begin to cause much agitation, increase of entropy and turbulence; the water is ready to undergo a dramatic “phase transition”. Water becomes steam. Social systems too, when highly stressed show increasing social turmoil, disruption and […]

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A “Tenth province” or Coastal authority to deal with climate change. A must for a 21st century constitution of Sri Lanka.  

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

By Chandre Dharmawardana, Ottawa, Canada The proposed constitution has provoked much debate, but mainly within the framework of traditional thinking with emphasis on the usual issues, i.e., Unitary and  Devolved power, the place of Buddhism, or the executive presidency.  Whether devolution should be district-based  or province-based has been debated for at least 50 years, with […]

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The ‘10th Province’, a must in the Constitution

Sunday, October 1st, 2017

CHANDRE DHARMAWARDANA Ottawa, Canada September 29, 2017, 10:04 pm The proposed constitution has provoked much debate, but mainly within the framework of traditional thinking with emphasis on a few issues like “Unitary and Devolved power, the place of Buddhism, or the executive presidency. In my view, these ignore the most urgent issues that Sri Lanka […]

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Unit of Devolution – look in cyberspace!

Monday, September 25th, 2017

CHANDRE DHARMAWARDANA Ottawa, Canada September 24, 2017, 9:12 pm It is interesting to read the debate about what the unit of devolution should be. Recent articles, by Dayan Jayatilleke (Island, Sep. 20, 2017) and Neville Ladduwahetty (Sep. 23, 2017) argue for the Province (DJ), and for the District (NL). Interestingly, both the TNA, and their […]

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