Posts Tagged ‘India’


The number of varieties of rice that Dr Debal Deb, a pioneering ecologist committed to working with traditional farmers in eastern India to conserve indigenous seed diversity has managed to save. This short film follows the construction of a new seed bank premises in Odisha, a venture that provides a potent symbol of Debal’s values.

Small-scale traditional farmers and their rich diversity of locally adapted seed varieties are being written out of the story of seed. They are the victims of an aggressive global lobbying effort, designed to convince a world terrified about food security that the corporatization of the global food system, involving transgenic seeds, is the only way to feed the world.

In Debal’s work there is no sense of the superiority of either science or traditional knowledge – the two are seen as mutually beneficial, a complementary pairing.


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The number of tonnes of rice produced on one hectare of land by Indian farmer Sumant Kumar in 2012. This was a new world record and beat not only the previous record of 19.4 tonnes previously produced by a Chinese agricultural scientist, but also the results at the International Rice Institute in the Philippines, and anything achieved by the biggest European and American seed and GM companies.

Six months later Sumant’s friend Nitish broke the world record for growing potatoes shortly after Ravindra Kumar, a small farmer from a neighbouring village had broken the Indian record for growing wheat.

All this was achieved by adapting traditional methods to a system of growing crops known as System of Root Intensification (SRI), a method that needs no chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or GMOs.

See the full story here: India’s Rice Revolution

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The Time Before Death

Geometric Abstraction Art by Zanis Waldheims

Geometric Abstraction Art by Zanis Waldheims

“Friend, hope for the truth while you are alive.

Jump into experience while you are alive!

What you call “salvation” belongs to the time before death.

If you don’t break your ropes while you are alive, do you think ghosts will do it after?”


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