A film by Jason Taylor. More at The Source Project.

In an age where multinational agribusiness has casually stripped India of seed diversity, while creating dependence on its GMO seed products, Natabar Sarangi is on a mission to revitalize organic agriculture and reintroduce native rice varieties through seed banking. His fight is not only to repair the damage done to India's agricultural sector since the so-called "green revolution", it is to restore an ethic of sustainability and economic justice to farming. It is a struggle for the overall wellbeing of the nation.

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  • Ciara

    This man so ROOTED in common sense, here's to his message spreading and spreading! And he is right - encouragement, belief in, and support for the farmers who are growing indigenous seed varities does nneed to be given! Inspiring - keeping it simple is key!

  • Shruti

    The question is how to save farmers with common man? A farmer will grow organic products but the consumer should be there to get the returns. If we consider the things like at present then there will be a day when barter systems will be followed in place of rupees, commodity will be used.

  • berith

    It seems almost inpossible to fight the giants of food industry. I am so happy with the power of this man!

  • Vipul

    It has already happened in the USA with industrialized agriculture. Giant corporations are controlling the entire food chain, with a toll on environment, health, rural American culture etc. Now these corporations are making inroads into Indian agriculture sector. This book by an American author talks about what happened in the US five decades ago. Now the same story is repeating in India unfortunately. We still have the opportunity to reverse the slide. http://www.amazon.com/Grass-Roots-Universe-Home-World/dp/1571312072

  • Trees

    This is beautiful, Thank you Natabar so much for all your hard work. Very inspiring.

  • ADHAPPAN

    Dear Sir, Really really good.... We are also promoting indigenous paddy varieties in Pudukkottai district of Tamil Nadu State. We are collecting indigenous seed from all over tamilnadu and support the farmers to cultivate through organic agriculture. If it is possible, can you send some indigenous variety to spread among the farmers? Looking forward to your support to our farmers.

  • Zette

    One man with a vision and the passion to not only tell his story, but to live it.

  • Dan

    Mono-agricultural practices focused on steroid and antibiotic saturated meats, genitically modifed crops, pesticide and herbicide ladened fruits and vegetables are all forced upon an unsuspecting socieity. There is a disconnect between people and food production and we sadly suffer from this ignorance. The quote from Kissinger was shockingly correct about controlling food and then being able to controlthe people.

  • valerie

    This is why we have sooo many people with diseases that we never had before, we have been eating GMO without knowing it for years.. We sent grain to third world countries and the smart ones sent it back because it was GMO... smart peoples... lets keep food safe for generations to come... indigenous agriculture and organic is the only way we as people will continue to survive on this planet... stop the big corps now.. stay natural

  • Subhani

    This is what happening in our tribal area of Andhra Pradesh. People so habituated to unwanted crops and destroying our own biodiversity systems.

  • john

    friends dont forgot, it happenes in every country!!! USA, UK, GERMANY, FRANCE and nobody is doing anything. Ask your farmer to grow a heritage variety!!!

  • chandan

    This is exactly what a senior scientist from ARI told us. The indigenous variety of rice grown all along the Ganges belt come from the same wild rice strain which was there at the starting of civilization. The magnanimousness of this feat is mind boggling. Thousands of farmers have been using the same strain for thousands of years. This makes these rice varieties immune to everything that has evolved in parallel. But now, because of chemical fertilizers and low yield of pure verities, new seeds have been developed n are being used. these hybrid seeds give good yield but makes them vulnerable to newer threats every few years, as the pests develop resistance to the chemical pesticides n fertilizers. Every cycle sees more potent pesticides, higher concentrations, more fertilizers to survive... and these factors have ruined the best rice belt in the world. We have to, and must conserve non hybridvariety, or the parent strain which thankfully are still being grown in some remote areas for the farmer’s personal consumption.

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  • Learn more about the simple, powerful work of Natabar Sarangi and his Loka Samabaya Pratisthan Trust.
  • Understand the critical ecological importance of seed diversity and the preservation of "heirloom" fruits and vegetables.
  • Buy and savor organically grown "heirloom" produce, thus supporting the farmers who nurture all of us.

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