At Kisaan Maitreya, we begin our work with Farmers by teaching them soil health and to rejuvenate the soil and care for it. We tell them in simple words that now our soil has got cancer and we need to start treatment before it dies. We do this with a wonderful product from the Government of India called WDC(Waste decomposer). We teach them to plant the trees that will change and protect our soil. We call it Project Suryamukhi, where we plant 5 different kinds of trees – foliage, economic, rain, water and soil catchers.
Soil performs a variety of vital functions, including supporting plant and animal life and filtering contaminants from water and the air. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) asserts that “soils need to be recognized and valued not only for their productive capacities but also for their contribution to the maintenance of key ecosystem services.” Soil not only serves as the basis for food, feed, fuel, and fiber production, but is also central for the provision of clean water, nutrient cycling, and storing carbon.
A single tea spoon of soil contains more microorganisms than there are people on Earth. And researchers are still discovering the benefits of these microorganisms—in 2015, scientists announced that the first new antibiotic in 30 years had been found in soil bacteria.
According to FAO, the current rate of soil degradation is compromising food security and the provision of ecosystem services, both now and for future generations. Maria Helena Semedo of the FAO says that all of the world’s topsoil could diminish within the next 60 years if current rates of degradation continue. Other U.N. and government officials are calling for stronger management of the planet’s soils, stating that it could “make or break’ climate change response efforts.
According to the 2015 U.N. report, the loss of soil resources and functions can be avoided if more sustainable practices are promptly implemented. Thankfully, there are many researchers committed to understanding and teaching about soil health and sustainable management practices in Indian Agricultural sectors.
How to buy Safe, Healthy Organic options?
- Look for Organic Labels and certificates.
- Speak to the supplier
- Avoid processed foods. Read Labels carefully. Make enquiries.
2018 , has been declared as the ‘ Year of the Millet.’
Millets are a super food. 2018 has been declared as the ‘Year of Millets,’ because we really need to reintroduce them in our diets. If you cannot make the traditional rotis, use that flour to replace rice in dosas and idlis. The Gujarati bajra khichri ( Recipe next week) should have a place in world health cooking. The nutrition is unbeatable and millets are the only crop that are sustainable for agriculture. They have water retention properties while growing.
With every blog, we share one recipe, this time we have Valentine Black Rice Kheer for you
If you missed our previous blog, you can check here
More of that next time.
Be well, be happy! Stay tuned, With love from-
Your Food Mitra,