India’s Rice Revolution Beats Out GMO & Herbicides

Posted: February 19, 2013 in nutrition
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India’s Rice Revolution beats out GMO, herbicides and other destructive agriculture systems

The “super yields” are entirely down to a method of growing crops called System of Rice (or root) Intensification (SRI). It has dramatically increased yields with wheat, potatoes, sugar cane, yams, tomatoes, garlic, aubergine and many other crops and is being hailed as one of the most significant developments of the past 50 years for the world’s 500 million small-scale farms.

Using only farmyard manure and without any herbicides – an astonishing 22.4 tonnes of rice was grown on one hectare of land. This was big news with rice the staple food of more than half the world’s population of seven billion ~ big news.

India innovates common sense solutions, while the West believes it can engineer itself out of anything… that is a flaw that may well prove fatal.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2013/feb/16/india-rice-farmers-revolution

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