How to grow more rice
This story is not from Nicaragua, it's from India but it seems to cover some issues that come up here. Specifically, it is about growing more rice without the use of GMO seeds, motorized equipment, synthetic fertilizers, ... After reading it I got thinking about how we hear that we need GMO, chemicals, ... with studies that prove this is the case. This article is not about a study. It is about reality.
It is from the UK Guardian and is titled India's Rice Revolution. It is about an amazing success story where the star is a local farmer living without electricity. Dow or Monsanto didn't pay for the publicity. It's just reality -- a reality that makes sense for Nicaragua as well.
This was not six or even 10 or 20 tonnes. Kumar, a shy young farmer in Nalanda district of India's poorest state Bihar, had – using only farmyard manure and without any herbicides – grown an astonishing 22.4 tonnes of rice on one hectare of land. This was a world record and with rice the staple food of more than half the world's population of seven billion, big news.