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India: farmer suicide rate wake up call for organic agriculture

The other side of farmer suicide (2008)

The Green Remover of Obstacles
the green remover of obstaclesIf you’re in love with Mother India you need to read this amazing piece of photojournalism.

“Since 1995, India has seen an almost 50 per cent increase in the occurrences of farmer suicides. In addition, the high reportage in its media perceives farmer suicide as an unwanted, yet common everyday tragedy of rural India. Karnataka has emerged as a common place for increasing numbers of farmer suicides, along with the states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.”

Rishi Kheti: a hot bet on natural farming in India

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Check out this article on the success of natural farming done the Indian way.

“Our urban rich have an unhealthy fascination for foreign ideas and goods, but our villagers are usually sceptical [sic] of them. It was necessary to assure our rural brothers that ‘natural farming’ was not another Japanese import. And that similar ideas have been widely practiced in our own culture over thousands of years.”

“As a first step of rishi kheti at Rasulia, we stopped using chemical fertilisers and poisons. Some plants protested mildly, but then accepted the change. Mexican hybrid wheat tried, but was not able to do without chemicals. This, we found, was true of all highly engineered seeds.