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Lessons from nature

DNMUM412125 | 4/15/2018 | Author : Pooja Bhula | WC :727

Lathika George’s latest book takes you through the amazing diversity of India’s traditional farming practises and shows you why our environment needs them today

In Coorg where elephants are known to wreak havoc, instead of today’s high voltage fences, previously, farmers dug trenches around estates and sowed millets to keep them away. Our traditional farmers know effective, empathetic solutions for man-animal conflicts. Mother Earth, Sister Seed: Travels through India’s Farmlands is likely to evoke images of bullocks or tractors ploughing fields, and farmers bent over in labour, but Lathika George’s farm visits - described over 11 chapters, each dedicated to a different region, in a different state - are an adventurous mix and introduce us to interesting methods like was the case with Coorg. One of the trips is to a fishing village on the southern tip of India, another in West Bengal’s Su
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