Organic rice farmer in India yields over 22 tons of crop on only two acres, proving the fraud of GMOs and Big Ag


Source : http://www.naturalnews.com/039766_rice_farming_organic_agriculture_yields.html

By : Jonathan Benson

(NaturalNews) Despite all the claims made by industry-funded hacks that  genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) and other industrial agricultural methods  are necessary for the future of humanity, it is the traditional growing methods  that continue to shine through as the real sustainers of life. As reported by  Gaia HealthIndian rice farmers using traditional, organic growing  methods are achieving yields far higher than farmers using more modern  methods.
In the case of Sumant Kumar, rice yields have surpassed the  national average per hectare (about 2.5 acres) nearly ten-fold. According to  reports, Kumar is currently yielding about 22.4 tons of rice per hectare,  greatly surpassing that of other rice farms currently outputting roughly 2.3  tons per hectare. His secret? A traditional crop management protocol known as  System of Root Intensification, or SRI.

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Farmers adhering to SRI  techniques will typically plant about half the number of seeds as farmers using  more modern methods, and will space them out at intervals of about 10 inches.  They also plant their seeds much younger, and keep the soil dryer, while paying  much closer attention to weed growth. By hand-removing weeds, SRI farmers are  able to allow more water and nutrients to feed their rice plants, which results  in significantly higher yields.
“Farmers use less seeds, less water and  less chemicals but they get more without having to invest more,” says Dr.  Surendra Chaurassa, agriculture minister to the region where Kumar’s farm is located, as quoted by The Observer. “This is revolutionary. I did not  believe it to start with, but now I think it can potentially change the way  everyone farms. I would want every state to promote it. If we get 30 to 40  percent increase in yields,  that is more than enough to recommend it.”

System of Root Intensification methods could provide more than enough food  to feed humanity

According to Gaia Health, SRI methods originated in  ancient Madagascar, and were passed on from generation to generation among  villagers. An agronomist by the name of Henri de Laulanie observed the methods  back in the 1980s, and brought them back into use, teaching other farmers how to utilize them with limited resources. And perhaps the greatest aspect of  SRI is that it is not tied to the biotechnology industry or Big Ag.

“SRI  offers millions of disadvantaged households far better opportunities,” Norman  Uphoff, Director of the International Institute for Food, Agriculture and  Development at Cornell University is quoted as saying by The  Observer. “Nobody is benefiting from this except the farmers; there are no  patents, royalties or licensing fees.”
This is good news, as Monsanto and  others in the agriculture-for-obscene-profits industry are aggressively pursuing  market expansions in developing countries like India. If the truth about the  benefits of SRI can be widely disseminated, poor farmers across the globe will  be well-equipped to reject the lies of Big Ag and the GMO industry.
“The  farmers know SRI works, but help is needed to train them,” says Anil Verma, an  agronomist from the small Indian non-governmental organization (NGO) Pran, or  Preservation and Proliferation of Rural Resources and Nature, which has been  reintroducing SRI methods to villages all across the third-world for the past  three years. “We know it works differently in different soils but the principles  are solid. The biggest problem we have is that people want to do it but we do  not have enough trainers.”
SRI methods can also be used to grow other  crops like wheat, sugar cane, and teff. To learn more, visit: http://sri.ciifad.cornell.edu/

Sources for this  article include:
http://gaia-health.com
http://www.guardian.co.uk

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