“India is at risk of food shortage due to climate change” -a new study carried out by the University of Exeter flooded headlines this week.
This news is not new.
Earlier this year more than 124,000 hectares of farmland were destroyed by unpredicted hailstorms and rain.
Although about 30% of world greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture, it has the highest potential to mitigate carbon emissions. Climate change is a global issue and agriculture is key to a sustainable future. Necessity being the mother (nature) of invention has instigated farmers to get back to traditional methods of farming and marry it with agri-technology.
Zero Budget Natural Farming is one such movement started to eliminate farmers’ reliance on loans and to farm “naturally”. Studies show that ZBNF is more drought and flood resistant and even produces higher yields. Towards the North East, Jhum (shifting) cultivation is being brought back and there is more focus on sowing traditional rice and millet varieties that are pest and drought resistant.
A more sustainable agricultural system doesn’t just mean better yields and food security. Growing diverse and traditional crops would lean towards a more nutritious food system and new farming practices would mean diversifying jobs in agriculture.
Unfortunately, it takes harsh conditions like climate change to make us realize the need for changing our attitude towards agriculture and food.
Elizabeth and Anusha
Clean meat to arrive in India
Animal welfare association Humane Society International (India) and the centre for Cellular and Microbiology (CCMB) in Hyderabad have signed an agreement to develop and promote clean (lab-grown) meat in India. Clean meat is predicted to hit commercial markets by 2025 in India.
PepsiCo to reduce sodium content in snacks
The Economic Times
In line with its nutritional objectives, PepsiCo has cut down on sodium content in its flagship product, Kurkure. The new version of Kurkure now has 21% less sodium says PepsiCo.
FSSAI’s organic farming regulations
Food Navigator Asia
The Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture (ASHA) believes that the recently published organic food regulations by FSSAI are detrimental to organic farming. According to the advocacy group, these regulations might have serious cost implications for consumers and farmers.
In other news:
- Mahyco Grow and Phytelligence’s partnership will make new fruit tech possible in India.
- Mumbai Dabbawalas are soon launching a new grocery delivery startup. What is India’s stand on regulating genome-edited CRISPR crops?
- The India Government is setting up a food traceability portal to monitor quality of food exports.
- What is India’s stand on regulating genome-edited CRISPR crops?
Originally published at mailchi.mp on April 6th, 2018