I don’t have a doctorate degree in any field. No academic in farming or horticulture. And I am happy I didn’t learn anything. I am learning, improvising and understanding things on our land and consulting actual farmers who still practice traditional methods.
Agreed every genes looks to evolve. But that is a slow process and with in the species. However modern approach is different.
If modern approach is for betterment. Then tell me what happened to Kerala, once milk surplus state now has to depend on other states; same with rice and pulses. Now the next biggest crises Kerala is going to face is cooking oil. People have been lavishing using coconut oil, wonder which state will share its oil(Kerala is already importing oil from other countries).
Apples no longer taste like apples. Milk doesn’t taste like milk. and the list goes on. forget about the nourishment.(at least for me not sure what you feel about it).
I remember during my childhood days. Chickens were raised in our backyard and brooding was also taken care. Now the new giriraj and other hybrid variety don’t get into brooding state, they simply lay eggs. some do sit over eggs but nothing happens and eggs get spoiled. Not to forget they need vaccination or else they perish. Native varieties are not like that.
Native variety of hens could dodge and escape a fox and fly over to a small tree. But the new variety are so huge and cannot easily fly, they become a easy prey.
yes I know rice varieties are also modified. My next target in coming few years is to be self reliant on rice and pulses for our family, I use no oil for tilling or other stuff all manual with native varieties. Not sure if it is going to work. Because my existing rice is getting contaminated.
Now why am I talking about all this. Because I know what it feels and how difficult it is when you don’t have capital or money flowing in on a regular basis and you have to manage cows and other stuff. This is what happens with most farmers who are not well to do. They fall prey because they have to feed their family, it is also because of this they spray and use chemicals.
You and me are well to do and any one reading it because you have computer and other amenities. And time to discuss rather be doing something productive.
Yes I would love healthy discussion. But no matter what I would always stick to age old stuff(but more than 80% of traditional knowledge is lost). They have been time tested and full proof.