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ORGANIC RICE CROP YIELDS DEBUNK MYTH GMOS ARE NEEDED TO FEED THE WORLD

by Christina Sarich, Underground Reporter:

Bihar, India — In India’s poorest state, farmers are setting world-breaking records growing rice and other staple foods, without the help of genetically modified organisms, and none of Monsanto’s billion-dollar herbicides.

With the biotech industry claiming that the world can only be fed with heavily-doused herbicidal crops coming from genetically modified seed, it’s astonishing to see a region responsible for providing food for so many people, churning out some of the biggest yields ever — 22.4 tonnes of rice on one hectare of land, to be exact.

The crop yields being realized by Indian farmers are simply phenomenal and have been achieved by employing age-old, yet simple, growing techniques like using farmyard manure and forgoing herbicides.

Farmers in India are beating long-held records with these organic growing techniques, too. One Chinese agricultural scientist, Yuan Longping, previously grew 19.4 tonnes of rice, but Indian farmers still out performed him with their 22.4-tonne yield. Even World Bank-funded scientists at the Philippines based International Rice Research Institute’s record has been broken, along with all multi-national companies’ genetically modified seed crops in both the U.S. and Europe.

Sumant Kumar and many of his friends in neighboring villages in Bihar, known as India’s poorest state, had to prove their astonishing results to University experts, who accused them of cheating the system.

Kumar’s success is due to SRI, an approach to crop development which evolved in France in the 1960s to deal with seed scarcity. The SRI system (System of Rice Intensification) aims to produce more from less — and so it has. Kumar put the following elements into practice to get rice grains so large, they shocked local agriculturalists and experts:

Seedlings were transplanted at a young age, in single seeds, instead of clumps.
Wider spacing of plants was implemented, using a square pattern.
The soil used was moist, but not flooded, as in traditional rice farming.
Only organic fertilizers are used.
Rotary weeding is practiced.

These techniques allow farmers to plant more on less acreage and gain higher yields, all without resorting to over-priced, royalty-driven GM seeds or the use of herbicides like glyphosate-based RoundUp.

The SRI technique also drastically reduces farmers’ dependency on outside, industrial inputs, while also allowing them to adapt to their local climates and specific agricultural challenges.

Kumar’s success isn’t a one-time wonder, either, or limited to a single farmer. His friends in Darveshpura village have all recorded over 17 tonnes of rice, and many others in the villages around have doubled their usual yields in recent years.

With record-breaking yields Kumar and his peers are breaking cycles of poverty, dependence upon biotech companies, and providing organic, healthy food for thousands.

Inspired by Kumar’s success, the Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz has visited the Nalanda district and recognized the potential of this method of organic farming, telling the villagers they were “better than scientists.”

I’d add, “very much better than biotech scientists,” who have sold the world a lie that, “you can’t feed the masses without Monsanto’s, patented seed, and best-selling chemicals.”

Kumar just proved that the world can feed itself very well, thank you — organically.

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3 comments to ORGANIC RICE CROP YIELDS DEBUNK MYTH GMOS ARE NEEDED TO FEED THE WORLD

  • Bob

    Stiglitz? He’s an economist; a terrible one at that since Krugman looks up to him. He knows about as much science as Christina Sarich. Their opinions on GM foods mean nothing.

  • CalSailX

    Myself I spent more then a few years on farms and golf courses. The saddest salesman I ever seen was the one that tried to sell 28,000 dollars of fertilizer, and chemicals to a Greens Keeper that knew his stuff. His only sale that year was $2000 in herbicides/fungicides that we “MIGHT NEED…”, and because of the soil testing. All we did that year for fertilizer was buy and spread some 60-0-0, that I watered in that night. Total fertilizer cost that year seven hundred some odd dollars.

    That same year we started attacking the issues that let salesmen sell the hell out of fungicides to that golf course. Customers stated all year long the course had never looked better. I was responsible for the irrigation on the courses that I worked, and have no doubt about it my job at the time was to make our customers happy and give them nice healthy grass to beat the hell out of!

    Odds are at the time there might have only been a handful doing my job, that made anywhere near what I did in a year. I make no bones about at the time I never worked for the owner of a golf course I worked for myself, and those that used the course.
    That is how I looked at my life back then.

    The bright side of that is when a golf course owner, or a farmer tells you to do something retarded. They can listen because you have years of experience, or you can walk without a regret.

    I got pissed off when my state wanted to license “ME” to spray shit on crops, I’m sorry the only licensed asshole I know that believed what he was told is dead from cancer. Oh I sorry he believed the manufacturer that the compound was harmless.

    The take away… Look and Know what what your seeing, and know if you aren’t yet brain dead you have some real value to those that don’t want or need mistakes in their books.

    • CalSailX

      Kid if I could do it so can you! Their are still people out that looking to put a good man to their right and left. Just be one of those men, and when you find a good one if you can bring him into something good do it!

      Let him know I think your the best for this job “That’s why you are here!”.

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