Message from Krishna
Summer is coming.
It has been fun with all the winter crops, the abundance and diversity which is thanks to a cool climate and enough water. But the heat is on. We cannot irrigate so much, there is not enough water. certain crops don’t perform in this heat and so we have to again focus on which crops are really local and which crops use less water and manage in the heat.
Turkey Berry, Chicken spinach, Manathakkali spinach and Drumsticks as well as Drumstick spinach (Moringa), Green Papaya, Tapioca, Yams, Green Mango, Ash Gourd, Cucumber melons, Ridge gourds, Brinjals, Cluster beans, Banana stem and Banana flowers, Thoothuvalai, Mudakathan, Bael fruit, Chikoos, Soursop and a bit later mangos. There is no shortage of produce in the summer! However, these foods are often overlooked in our diet. Our diet is defined by a more industrialised agriculture. It is a bit like music, it is easy to find hip hop on the radio, which I like! but much harder to find traditional folk music. What sells easily, what packs easily, what uses lots of chemicals and water, what is easy to store and transport sells the most! And as food is functional, so local food lies waiting like a beautiful lover who has been forgotten by her man. I want to address the question of water in a Citizens Assembly. The question of water usage is a question mostly defined in agriculture by the consumer. If we are ignorant about which foods grow around us, then obviously we are contributing to depletion of this most valuable resource. Local foods lie close to Mother Nature and are easy to grow! Foods that come from far away have a far greater impact on our environment and most often are less beneficial for us nutritionally! What I really want to share .. Oh there are so many words!! and words create such confusion and dualities!! But what I really want to say is local food is a gift of Mother Nature and lies at the foundation of our existence. If we address this, we directly address the root of the problem and we don’t need to look at water in isolation. The problem of over use of water will be addressed directly and on an essential level. it is not an adjustment. This is a really serious subject. It tires me when people think it is merely an opinion or a different point of view. Until, as Fukuoka says, we come back to the arms of Mother Nature we will not address the problems we face in our world today.
“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”
― Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution