According to many scientists, GMO is the only way the collective “we” can feed the world.
It’s the only way we’ll be able to grow enough crops to feed the ever growing population on our planet, and this is something they have defended for years, but news coming out of Bihar, a small state in East India could possibly prove these scientists completely wrong.
Read below to see how he did it!
Sumant Kumar is a young farmer in Darveshpura village, located remotely in the Nalanda district of India’s poorest state Bihar. He has grown an astonishing 22.4 tonnes of rice on one hectare of land, without using any herbicides, and is leading a silent agricultural revolution in the area. In this rare feat, he has surpassed the previous record of 19.4 tonnes achieved by the Chinese agricultural scientist Yuan Longping, also known as the “father of rice”. The phenomenal growth in yield is not just a one time wonder, and limited to Sumant alone. His friends in Darveshpura village, all recorded over 17 tonnes, and many others in the villages around have double their usual yields, as they are slowly and steadily fighting poverty and improving their living conditions.
Inspired by the farmer’s feat, in 2013, the Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz visited the Nalanda district and recognized the potential of this kind of organic farming, telling the villagers they were “better than scientists”. According to the agronomist Anil Verma, “If any scientist or a company came up with a technology that almost guaranteed a 50% increase in yields at no extra cost they would get a Nobel prize. But when young Biharian farmers do that they get nothing. I only want to see the poor farmers have enough to eat.”
Using new methods of farming, this rice farmer from India has proven scientists wrong in one of the most epic ways, and using similar methods for other crops, it may be possible to feed the world without any GM crops. Proving once again, nature will always find a way.. with a bit of knowledge and experimentation in cultivation practices.
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