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An Ancient Vegetarian Tribe Struggles to Keep Its Traditions Alive

The Todas of India’s Nilgiri Hills have played a crucial role in safeguarding the biodiversity of the UNESCO World Heritage site

Kwattawdr Kwehttn cast a reverential gaze upon the distant hill, it’s the abode of Etyottydaihh, one of the gods of his tribe. Sitting on a cot outside his house in the Nilgiri Hills in southern India, he then turned his gaze to…
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by: GBSNP Varma – February 20, 2015

Seed Savior

In India, One Man Is Keeping Alive Hundreds of Varieties of Heirloom Rice

Debal Deb walks down the muddy path from his thatched mud shack to his fields, marshaling a group of trainees along the way. He stops by one of the small farm’s garden beds, bends down and gently cups a panicle of rice in his hands. His hold is almost a caress. “This is the collar of the rice plant,” he tells the trainees. “And look at this, this is the node,” he…
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by: GBSNP Varma – Spring 2014


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