29 Sep '15, 4pm

Agroecology leading the fight against India's Green Revolution

Agroecology leading the fight against India's Green Revolution

Before the Green Revolution, we had 14,000 different varieties of paddy, but the Green Revolution displaced those traditional varieties and introduced hybrid varieties which only grow if you use chemical fertilizers. "Agroecology means that we are free from chemical fertilizers and pesticides, growing many crops together - grains, lentils, beans, oilseeds - to create biodiversity, using maximum input from the land within the farm in order to produce food." So says Sheelu Francis, General Coordinator of the Women's Collective of Tamil Nadu in India. The Collective uses agroecology - which they also call 'natural farming' or 'zero budget' farming - to address the issues faced by women and their families. "Natural farming was introduced to us in the late 1990s. We were working with a women's group... and we realized, from an expense analysis of their income, that most of thei...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/Interviews/2985620/agroecolog...

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