Should we stop growing Rice to preserve our rapidly dwindling freshwater resources ? Or Correct our methods before its too late ??

World Water Day arrives every 22nd March. For me, it’s time to reflect on the relationship between rice and water.

Two of the world’s most precious commodities that are so intimately linked. The world produces some 700 million tons of paddy rice each year. This is enough to provide the staple food for more than three billion people, of which some 700 million live in poverty.

The majority of rice is grown under irrigated conditions in which the fields are flooded from planting to harvest. Because of this flooding, rice is said to use a lot of water, about two and a half times the amount of water needed to grow a crop of wheat or maize.

To ensure good yields, farmers and governments throughout the centuries (even millennia!) have developed irrigation infrastructure.

And, since there are some 160 million hectares of planted rice land, rice has become the biggest single user of “developed” fresh water worldwide. Using some simple calculations, I once estimated that all the rice land receives 35–45% of all the world’s irrigation water (which itself uses some 70% of all the world’s developed water resources).

Thus, rice is often portrayed as a “profligate” user of water

The elements of SRI include: transplanting young seedlings, before the start of their 4th Add to dictionary of growth; reducing plant populations by as much as 80-90% per m2; converting paddy soils from anaerobic, flooded status to mostly aerobic conditions, by alternate wetting and drying; active soil aeration, with mechanical welders; and increased soil organic amendments. While some of the practices appear counterintuitive – getting more production from fewer plants, with less water application, and with reduced reliance on chemical fertilizers – the beneficial effects of each practice can be explained and justified scientifically (Uphoff, 2008). The principles of SRI, which are fundamental to achieving the expected benefits, get translated into certain practices, adapted in their fine points to local conditions

Do you feel telepathically connected to your “Pet” ??

It is proved that pets are telepathically linked to their owners. Many Dog owners claim that their animals know when they are about to come home.

Biologist Rupert Sheldrake has studied these connections with astonishing results.

Sheldrake examined more than 1,000 case histories of pets that could anticipate their owners return.

One dog was studied in more than 100 video taped experiments.

When his owner was away from home, the window where the dog would greet her was filmed. When the owner would begin her journey home, at randomly selected times the dog was 1,275% more likely to be at the window as she was returning.

This anticipatory behaviour usually began shortly before the owner started to return home. The dog reproduced this behaviour when left at the owner’s sister’s house, the same effect was seen the owner travelled by bicycle or by walking.

Sheldrake concluded that the pet and the owner had a telepathic link.

 

Recent discoveries in quantum entanglement could provide physical basis for this connection.

What is Naāndi?

Naāndi is an urban farming community driven passionately by the ethos of  “agro culture & sustainable organic farming”. Naāndi, Sanskrit for ‘the start’ is our first step towards change, a small attempt to connect to the lost thread of value systems and technologies native to our land, harmonizing it to the today’s necessities. In the evolution of our culture disconnect to our roots and indigenous knowledge systems inevitably happened as most of us moved away from our native occupation of farming. This drifting away happened over 3-4 generations now. In this cultural shift Naāndi is the first step towards a new paradigm of living, a lifestyle of sustainable collective farming for urban dwellers. It offers the very best of both worlds – “an urban lifestyle along with finer nuances of rural life”. It not only brings together the best of rural and urban lifestyles but also offers a rare platform to indulge in living.

We at Naāndi believe that emancipation lies in reversing this cycle of ‘taking’ to ‘giving back’ to create a balance. ‘Naāndi’ is a beginning to achieve this balance.

The Naāndi paradigm of building communities is also sustainable as it moves from a consumer mindset to a producer’s with the following objectives at its helm-