Making natural pesticides at home
April 1, 2015, 12:00 pm
I was in Chandigarh last week to speak at a gathering of all India organic farmers. Hundreds of people had come from all over India and the range of seeds and food was truly stunning. As usual I bought something from every stall and came back with sacks full of different rice ranging from black Manipur and Karnataka to red rice from Kerala and Chhattisgarh to sweet smelling rice from Sundarbans. I bought ragi and five different kinds of rajma, achars and papads and hundreds of seeds – including that of a jungle potato that grows above ground. These kinds of melas make my heart sing and I start to believe there is a future for India after all – inspite of the way that we have almost destroyed farming and farmers and their crops since 1960 when the first pesticides came in. My organization People For Animals did the first organic fair in Delhi three years ago and it was so small compared to the huge movement it has become now.