Saying no to BT seeds-farmer Papamma


“Is there any solution to the ongoing BT brinjal controversy? Do we really need BT modified crops? These and other questions are being debated by farmers, food experts, politicians and multinationals. The proponents of BT brinjal say that it will herald a second green revolution. But the opponents argue that India can manage without modified crops because some farmers in Karnataka villages already practice community seed banks.

They cite example of farmers, like Papamma, who have already started a second green revolution. Her house is full of vegetation. Not an inch of waste land around Papamma�s house or farm can be spotted. �Do you see the black sprinkles on the leaves and the beans? That is cow dung water I sprinkled to avoid pests,� says the 60-year-old Papamma who lives in D. Kurubarahalli, a remote village in Kolar, nearly 90 KM from Bangalore.

Keeping farm green isn�t an easy task in hot weather. But Papamma has been managing it for almost 20 years now. She produces crops through organic way. Besides, the family is content with the yield they get from two acres and one acre of paddy field. In two acres, she grows almost 20 varieties of crops. �If we have sufficient water we can grow more than 50 varieties of crops in the farm,� says Papamma. ”

This article appeared in the Sunday Indian . Link below.

This is another example of simple sustainable living, using the products available in the vicinity and producing organically. I am not sure everyone can follow, but avoiding BT seeds is an attractive proposition.:-)

About gardenerat60

As you guessed, I am a retired executive, looking for hobbies. Stumbled into gardening after reading blogs. Always wanted to use eco-friendly items in daily life. So, there was no heistation in deciding to put the vast terrace balcony to use for organic garden.
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13 Responses to Saying no to BT seeds-farmer Papamma

  1. nice to know about that. reading the full article now.

  2. I do not believe in too much human interference in natural process.. It is scary

  3. uppal says:

    From the debates which i happened to listen to, a few months back I concluded that the concept of BTseeds is a beneficial idea. But your story of this lady’s success shows that there are alternative methods which are giving good results. Hers can be a lone example of a success story. I think we should be more receptive to new tecniques.
    As regards indivine, i’m still facing the same problem and I’ve not posted since. What is the use if the post doesn’t get linked? It is tiring and frustrating. I hope you find some help.

    • gardenerat60 says:

      Hi Uppalji, with all said and done, indigenous seed need to be preserved, to have variety, instead of uniform seeds. Native variety have their own taste and nutrition too.

      And , let me share this with you, even my blogs are not being accepted on indivine:-( No help so far. I am not able to figure it out yet.

  4. ruchi jain says:

    for farmers,, its a good idea..

  5. sush says:

    I was really not ware of the BT Brinjal issue- Sustainable living example here, sure was good lesson you brought to our notice.

  6. anisharanjit says:

    I was all for genetically modified crops until a year back… I was thinking purely from a scientists perspective… I studied a bit of genetic engineering during my engineering days. The reason why they are even creating something like this is to help us but the fact that it might change the agriculture scenario forever is scary. It all seems safe from the lab… but no one can predict what the future holds.

    The use of Chemical fertilizers and pesticides was started in India years back to bring in the green revolution, the results were awesome then… But right now all of us are trying real hard to get some “Organic Food” which used to be just “Food” before we started using the chemicals on our crops.

    I guess we messed up in the past. Though the use of chemical fertilizers has helped feed more mouths, the quality of food and health has been ever degrading. Embracing new technology is good but we also need to remember it is the food we are playing with… Why on earth do we need some scientists and industries to have monopoly over food that we are given free by mother nature.

    • gardenerat60 says:

      Very well said Anisha. I am so glad, that , I am believing in the right thing. Now a days, though vegetables are bigger and look pleasing to the eye, the taste is not the same.
      They get spoiled too, very soon. Whatever we grow at home, carefully, does taste much better and keeps fresh longer. Though we may not get eye catching colors or yields , the satisfaction is comforting.

      BTW the link relivingmoment is not connected ” file not found” is the message?

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