Indigenous Rice Outperforms Commercial Varieties in Nutrition Value and Tolerance to Weather
The Peasant and Indigenous Press Forum reports that a growing body of scientists, researchers and farmers are demonstrating that Indigenous varieties of crops are not only more nutritious but more climate-resilient and equitable for farmers growing them. For example, Debal Deb, founder of Basudha, a rice conservation farm in India, has published the micronutrient profiles of 550 Indigenous species of rice which contain between 20 ppm to 152 ppm of iron, significantly more than genetically modified fortified rice varieties. As another example, Deccan Development Society, an organization representing over 5,000 women farmers in the state of Telangana, documented superior drought-tolerance of their Indigenous varieties of millets and rice. A Press Forum on August 2, 2022, will share food solutions stories from peasant and Indigenous communities at the forefront of food and land issues.