Jan Mar 2010

Jan Mar 2010
Focus on Food

Editorial

 

'Bhoomi' is a space that we need in these time when the human race is faced with range of social, psycological, economic and other crises with the mind boggling climate change crises leading the way. The power center of the world do not seem to be able to deal with these crises with conviction and strength.

The value and potential of uncultivated plant species is ignored in today’s global world

Dismantling a farmhouse and building a museum with the same wood can teach many lessons in craft as well as ecology.

One of the questions that man has always had to live with is about the nature of his actions. On the fringe of one’s action choices we may have doubts – was it truly the best I could do? Or do I really know all the other solutions that have been tried?

The alienation of man and land is at the crux of the unsettling of India, culture, and agriculture.

A small organization, run by homemakers in Mumbai is taking small but significant steps towards spreading ‘a green wave’.

I live in Mumbai and have a farm in the coastal town of Umbergao, around 150 kilometers away. We have an organically-grown chikku and mango plantation that provides for wholesome feasts during the season. At the farm we live in a cozy mud home; our bathrooms have water-proof composite roofing recycled from used tetra pack cartons and it’s powered by solar energy.

Clad in a Japanese blue sarong, a bag of rice grains in his well-worked agile fingers and straw slippers on his feet, Masanobu Fukuoka appeared like a proverbial Zen Master in my life.

Like the Japanese style of painting with simple but spontaneous strokes, Fukuoka opened up so many ideas in a clear way. Many of my beliefs as a nutritionist were kindled, others abandoned, while some reinforced by his koan-like philosophy. His philosophy integrated nature, health and farming; and more importantly incorporated the reality of everyday living.

ur architecture takes immense inspiration from nature. The tallest trees help us vision the world’s tallest buildings and the flying pattern of a dragonfly gives us the wisdom to build helicopters. Most of our achievements have been from nature and yet, we barely understand it.

Educating children about junk food is all about making the journey of discovery personal to them

Junk food is like an elephant, and most strategies are like blind men. In attempting to connect with a child on an issue like this there are many factors to consider; so many that the average adult can be quite confused and unsure. So how then does a school evolve a policy to counter a market that speaks to the child’s unconscious? Who is to talk to whom?

My eyes were slowly adjusting to the morning brightness when a shape emerged out of the nearest tree. The creature moved sensuously in its descent, one clawed foot at a time, an elegant slow motion- very much like a panther on the prowl. Eyes half-closed, almost meditative, it didn’t seem to be in a hurry. It inched towards a brown leaf, effortlessly gliding from tree trunk to the precarious stem of an adjoining plant. It was undoubtedly the biggest chameleon I’d ever seen. Only last evening, a baby snake, black with yellow markings, had slithered across my path on my way to the stream.

The organic food Mess at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII, Pune) can be viewed as an example by other institutes.

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