While Big Ag touts GM and pesticides and fertilizers, farmers in the Indian state of Bihar are achieving big yields by giving their seeds a little organic TLC:
'he bought in his staggering, record-breaking 22.4 tonnes per hectare
(five times the usual yield) with nothing but some clever and careful
nurturing of his crop - without a drop of pesticide,
herbicide and fertilizer in sight. Not only that, but Sumant Kumar is
far from the only farmer in Bihar to see yields rise. In fact, this
impoverished state in the north-east of India saw its rice harvest leap'
'The record harvests changing lives for impoverished Indian farmers'.. new article written for The Earth Times