Living Ecology’s Solutions for Indian Drylands Published in Permaculture Magazine
First Hand Account of the Conditions Surrounding Farmer Suicides in India
Raya Cole, Project Coordinator, Living Ecology
Something Can Be Done to Improve the Farming Environment in the Indian Drylands
It’s no news that farmers in India have been committing suicide in the thousands each year. Adoption of GMO crops is one of the contributing factors. The situation, however alarming, is something that people, globally, can create a solution for. With so many problems in the world, it’s easy for people to have apathy if we don’t believe we can do anything to help. Permaculture aid projects are a concrete way you can assist.
When I first arrived in India, I was with my husband who had visited near 20 times throughout his life. I had no way of knowing what I would find. My intention for the trip was to find an area to organize an aid project utilizing my permaculture skills. One misconception I had, that I assume many other permies do as well, is that the idea behind learning permaculture is to choose one farm and implement the principles there. By doing this, we will be able to invite others to our plot, teach them the way, and watch the ripple effect as people begin to understand how permaculture really works. It’s not wholly wrong, but that vision is like throwing a pebble in a pond when what you might really need is a boulder.
To read the rest of the article, get your copy of Permaculture Magazine, Spring 2016.
Written by: Ashley Kimler