In light of the launch this week of a major new report from Britain’s conservation organisations, detailing the serious decline of our wildlife, I thought we should take a look at ways of working with nature to produce food, rather than against it.

Punjabi farmer, Amarjeet Sharma, witnessed first-hand the destructive Green Revolution‘ agricultural policy that has swept across India since the 1960s, so made the decision to return to a more organic approach. Following a system that has evolved from the teachings of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, the principles of this philosophy focus on respecting and understanding the complex relationships between animals, insects, plants and ourselves. By working with nature, rather than against it, Sharma found he was able to deliver healthy food and a healthy environment.

Jason Taylor is the filmmaker and photographer behind The Source Project, a self-funded media venture that documents the methods, stories and work of progressive farmers in India. This accompanying article is an interesting insight into the motivation and philosophy behind his work.

Featured image by Francesco Fiondella

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