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Mentor Blog

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Letter to farmers in north dakota suffering from the monopoly of monsanto in agriculture

A response to blog posts like this one.

Well, you have an alternative. Read up the Honeybee database on sustainable agricultural innovations available at sristi.org and honeybee.org.

You can use the open source example of farmer-based solutions to your problems. Please try these out and write to us.

For example in cotton growing, you can plant okra around the cotton crop as a border crop. It belongs to the same family and will attract pests and save the cotton. If the problem persists, spray one kilogram of jaggery (raw sugar mixed with 15 litres of water). Black ants will come and eat away the eggs of harmful pests. This remedy costs so little even if you fail. But if you succeed, your blessings will be our reward.

In Gujarat, farmers made their own Bt cotton by crossing the parent lines with local varieties. In India, there is no patent on genes and hence nobody can do anything about it.

- Anil Gupta

Prof. Anil Gupta is our latest addition to the Mentor Blog.