As conventional farming techniques such as monocropping and the high use of fertilisers are proving ineffective in the face of climate change, some farmers in India are beginning to turn to mixed and organic cropping for their many benefits. This article takes a look at the techniques used in one mixed-crop, organic farm in southern Karnataka and advocates for the return to such farming methods.
VikalpSangam (‘Alternatives Confluences’) networks groups and individuals working on alternatives to the currently dominant model of development and governance. This note attempts to lay out thoughts towards a process of VikalpSangam in an effort to stimulate dialogue and visioning. From COUNTERCURRENTS.ORG.
In 2003, the Cauvery Family, an initiative involving stakeholders in both states, came close to a breakthrough, but the lack of government support killed it. From Scroll.in.
In this original CSA article, L.C. Channaraj explains the benefits of intercropping red gram with cotton, as learned in a pilot project conducted by Pipal Tree helping farmers in southern Karnataka.
Renewable energy sources may have low CO2 emissions at the point of use, but the mines that make the technology possible are often environmentally destructive. From Climate & Capitalism.
Pope Francis has made his strongest attack yet on genetically modified plants and animals (GMOs) and the Biotech Industry (which includes companies such as Monsanto, Bayer, Dow, Du Pont, Syngenta and ChemChina), in a letter to the Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Professor José Graziano da Silva on World Food Day. From Sustainable Pulse.
One writer examines the Adivasi way of life and suggests that instead of “going back” into the past, adopting their sustainable values and practices could be a way of going forward into the future. From Local Futures.