Why we need family farmers
Not only will they give you access to clean food, but your patronage will help them practise sustainable agriculture. It’s a win-win
A farmer at Spudnik Farms, Bengaluru
It’s a beautiful spring morning in Delhi when I meet Babulal Dahiya, a Padma Shri-winning farmer from the Satna district in Madhya Pradesh. He is in the capital at the invitation of the Delhi Organic Farmers Market, a very active organisation of small farmers that sells chemical-free produce at weekly markets throughout the NCR, in collaboration with residents welfare associations, chefs and hotels alike. This group has organised a panel discussion on indigenous rice varieties, and Dahiya and I are panellists. The 30 minutes that I spend with him before our on-stage discussion is enlightening in a way that it has fundamentally altered my food choices since.
First published by The Hindu on 26 Apr. 2019
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