Tag Archives: Soils

From India’s green to greed to evergreen revolution – M S Swaminathen discusses a lifetime’s work

In 2009, I met M S Swaminathan during a visit to India. A plant genetistist, who was at Cambridge at the same time as Watson and Crick, he is often known as the father of India’s green revolution. A towering … Continue reading

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What is world’s oldest agricultural research institute doing? Visiting Rothamsted Research

Last week I spent a day visiting the world’s oldest agricultural research institute – Rothamsted Research. It is in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, about a half hour train journey north of London. I spent about six weeks there between the third and … Continue reading

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Food and water – the answer lies in the soil

It’s well-past the time to take healthy soils seriously as the fundamental requirement for our future food provisioning. That was the key message to come out of Parliament’s committee room 16 yesterday (Dec 6th, 2012). The room was packed out … Continue reading

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