MY STORY,PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL
Sunderlal Bahuguna hugs a tree
Let me tell you where I am coming from. I grew up in India in the 70s and 80s and our school text books fed us the idea of genetically engineered (GE) crops as the ultimate solution for our poor country’s vast food needs. Later I went to college in the U.S. and did my studies and research in genetics and ecology. The plan was to go into a Ph.D. program to become a plant genetics engineer.
However, while in college I got a fellowship to go and work in India on a project with the Chipko – a grassroots movement of rural people, mostly women, working to protect their immediate environment. Chipko literally means — to hug. And it was one form of activism. Women and children would hug the trees, literally using their bodies as shields to…
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