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India

In search of “the modern,” don’t forget the “old” truths

From Amma’s Onam message:- Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam is the Indian concept that the whole world is one family. The celebration of Onam is closely aligned with this truth. The earth and the sky, the flowers, birds and animals—all of Nature comes together as one family and participates in this celebration. What is special about a family? … Continue reading »

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India’s rice warrior

Debal Deb maintains rare rice seeds and makes them freely available to farmers provided they grow them and return twice the quantity of seeds. He prefers a living seed bank where varieties are grown every year, and accuses large seed companies of trying to steal the varieties he keeps. Continue reading »

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Have you cottoned on yet?

The Soil Association writes that:- Cotton is killing the farmers who grow it Cotton is increasingly controlled by GM companies (up to 95% of all the cotton grown in India) Our clothes don’t have to have hazardous synthetic pesticides Most brands are not using organic cotton What kind of cotton are you wearing? Join the … Continue reading »

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India’s rice revolution

In a village in India’s poorest state, Bihar, farmers are growing world record amounts of rice – with no GM, and no herbicide. Is this one solution to world food shortages? Guardian article System of rice intensification  

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Extract from Fukuoka’s ‘The One-Straw Revolution’

Fukuoka’s book on natural farming without digging or adding manure. “Leaning against the long handle of my scythe, …I wonder how it is that people’s philosophies have come to spin faster than the changing seasons.”
“To the extent that people separate themselves from nature, they spin out further and further from the centre.” Continue reading »

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Composting Amma’s way

Integrated waste management at AIMS hospital, Cochin, Kerala:- Video This film shows how waste from the AIMS hospital (Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences)  is being dealt with; and how all the food waste is turned into rich compost.  Something to think about when you are turning the heap!

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