In Vandana Shiva’s heartfelt account in Issue 292 of India’s small farmers losing their independence and their lives through interference from outside their country (‘Why Are Indian Farmers Dying, and Why Should It Matter to Us?’), is a hugely sobering thought about the industrialisation of agriculture in countries where there is no need to change from the time-honoured methods of an agrarian economy.

Worldwide, small farmers grow 70% of the world’s food on 25% of the world’s land. Evidence enough, surely, that small farms work better than industrialised ...


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