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Saving Rice in Pictures

Not pictured: the dozens of hands cutting, sorting and hauling rice. The sweat-soaked saris and brows. The awe of witnessing the preservation of biodiversity.

Farmers plant rice in June and July for harvest in early October
Farmers at Navdanya’s Bija Vidyapeeth Biodiversity and Conservation farm plant rice in June for harvest in early October.
Navdanya farmers surround their rice with finger millet and marigolds to manage pests and cross-pollination
Farmers surround rice with finger millet and marigolds to manage pests and potential cross-pollination.
Working in 3x3 foot plots, farmers save seed from the center 1x1 foot to ensure that the seed did not cross pollinate.
Working in 3×3 foot plots, farmers save seed from the center 1×1 foot to ensure that true seed that did not cross pollinate with another variety.
716 rice varieties cultivated this year - all with different traits, tastes, and growing patterns.
716 rice varieties cultivated this year – all with different traits, tastes, and growing patterns.
Bundles of rice drying in the field.
Bundles of rice drying in the field.
Dehradun Basmati
Dehradun Basmati waiting to be threshed. Some rice varieties are grown in bulk to sell locally, or feed staff, interns, and those that come to Navdanya’s seasonal courses on agroecology.
“Seed is not just the source of life. It is the very foundation of our being.” ~Dr. Vandana Shiva, founder of Navdanya