Category Archives: Farmers view

#Farming Friday 11: Debt Main Cause of Indian Farmer Suicides

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I have grown weary of reading the “Bt Cotton causes farmer suicides in India” story and attempting to refute it. However, refuting it is essential because it is not just untrue, but also used as a trump card in the anti-GMO narrative.  There are several studies which have examined this question and determined that there is no causal relationship between the use of biotechnology and farmer suicides. The adoption of Bt Cotton in India has actually resulted in gains. And the issue of farmer suicides is a growing concern in many parts of the world, including the USA.  

The Indian farmer has always had to deal with an overwhelming burden of debt because the debt passed on down the generations of farmer families. Long before biotechnology arrived on the field, this narrative could be found in academic texts and popular literature. Here is the study from the Lancet which again upholds the result that small holder farmers, faced with crushing debt sometimes can only see suicide as an option. When the next government takes over, will this change? We can only hope so.

 

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#Farming Friday 10: Farming in the Time of Climate Change

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“The glacier knocks in the cupboard,

The desert sighs in the bed,

And the crack in the teacup opens,

A lane to the land of the dead.” – W.H. Auden

Climate change presents a unique challenge to the way we live on our planet. Today’s edition looks at this from a farmer’s point of view.

Also, tonight is the first episode of “Years of Living Dangerously”. Please watch if you can, and share what you felt about the links between climate change and the food system.

 

#Farming Friday 5: What is Wasabina?

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This series was a part of my New Year resolution and at the back of my mind was the misgiving that it might be difficult to keep it up. But it has turned out to be one of the best things I ever did! There are so many wonderful blogs from farmers all over the world which are a delight to read; and my new challenge is to choose just one among the many for Farming Friday.

Today’s blog is from Echigo Farm in Springfield, MO which specializes in growing traditional Japanese produce! They grow wasabina, mizuna, komatsuna, Japanese momotaro tomatoes and many other vegetables. Stopping by their blog to discover how these exotic sounding vegetables are flourishing in the Ozarks  was an experience I wanted to share with you. Oh, and wasabina is a variety of Japanese greens which is rich in iron and calcium and features in the farm’s winter greens mix.Hopefully, I will find it in a store somewhere near me!

#Farming Friday 4: Difficult Choices for Small Farmers

In this installment of Farming Friday, a farmer in Colombia talks about his dilemma , to eat or sell what he grows and the constraints under which he works.

#Farming Friday: Who Controls the Seeds?

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One of the issues in the GMO debate that seems to concern people a lot is that of corporate control over seeds. In today’s Farming Friday, a  farmer talks who uses both GMO and non-GMO seeds talks about his choices and decisions.

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#Farming Friday: 3 Stories

 

I had a hard time trying to pick one story for the second post in the Farming Friday Series: there was a story about a beginning farmer trying sustainable methods (encouraging!), another farmer’s experience with precision farming ( is this the future?) and one delightful story,with gorgeous pictures, of a farmers’ market in India where people and their cattle come out in their colorful best and a wonderful time is had by all. So I included all three and you can decide which you like best!

Farming Friday Series: How a Farmer defines Himself and his Farm

When I started this blog, it was a step into a journey as much of writing and sharing as of learning. And one of the first things I learnt is that,as an urban consumer, I had only the faintest notion of how our food is grown and my experience of food is mainly from the fork’s perspective rather than the field so to stay true to my goal of taking a thoughtful look at the journey of food from the field to the fork, I would like to start a series aimed at improving this aspect. So, every Friday I will share a post from the many interesting and lively farmers blogs that I have had the pleasure to discover.

First up in the Friday Farming series: hear from a farmer who makes the point that it is not the size of the farm alone that makes it a “family farm” or a “factory farm” but also who works there.