Sustainable Living

The alienation of man and land is at the crux of the unsettling of India, culture, and agriculture.

A small organization, run by homemakers in Mumbai is taking small but significant steps towards spreading ‘a green wave’.

I live in Mumbai and have a farm in the coastal town of Umbergao, around 150 kilometers away. We have an organically-grown chikku and mango plantation that provides for wholesome feasts during the season. At the farm we live in a cozy mud home; our bathrooms have water-proof composite roofing recycled from used tetra pack cartons and it’s powered by solar energy.

Clad in a Japanese blue sarong, a bag of rice grains in his well-worked agile fingers and straw slippers on his feet, Masanobu Fukuoka appeared like a proverbial Zen Master in my life.

Like the Japanese style of painting with simple but spontaneous strokes, Fukuoka opened up so many ideas in a clear way. Many of my beliefs as a nutritionist were kindled, others abandoned, while some reinforced by his koan-like philosophy. His philosophy integrated nature, health and farming; and more importantly incorporated the reality of everyday living.