Working In India

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION IN THE ANCIENT HOME OF SUSTAINABLE FARMING

Rural Communities On The Frontline Of Environmental Change

Every year, Food For All team members spend a month in the Uttar Pradesh region of India, distributing food, school supplies and public awareness literature, as well as organising ‘mobile cinema’ events promoting environmental protection and traditional farming methods which are actually more beneficial to farmers than modern techniques.  

Important rivers have been used as the sewers and industrial waste dumping grounds for large conurbations which lie upstream of crucial agricultural areas.  Increasingly, young people leave the poverty of their rural homelands to work in low-paid jobs in heavily polluted cities.

A report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says that the impact of a 1.5C increase in global temperatures will “disproportionately affect disadvantaged and vulnerable populations through food insecurity, higher food prices, income losses, lost livelihood opportunities, adverse health impacts, and population displacements”.  India stands to be one of the nations most significantly affected, given its huge population and levels of inequality and poverty.  (Source: BBC News)

India is a great nation with a wealth of ancient knowledge and information about sustainable living based on once-thriving agricultural economies.  It is vital as India transforms that this knowledge is not lost at a time when the rest of the world is beginning to re-consider it’s rush to industrialisation and it’s dependence on harmful and toxic chemicals.

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