Talk on Impacts of millet consumption on agriculture

Colloquium at the Azim Premji University, Post Graduate Campus, Electronic City, Bengaluru on Friday 16th Aug. 2019 @ 2 PM  Consumption and production are interlinked processes – an increase in either can only be sustained if there is a corresponding increase in the other. There are multiple reasons to promote millet cultivation – its climate hardiness, … Continue reading Talk on Impacts of millet consumption on agriculture

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Why is the bran so rich in nutrients?

The grains that we grow, harvest and eat as cereals are produced by the plants as their next generation. Observing the cereal grains from this perspective helps us better understand and appreciate the structure and nutritional composition in the grains. As mentioned in the earlier posting discussing the structure of a husked millet grain, the … Continue reading Why is the bran so rich in nutrients?

All seeds are grains, but every grain does not make a seed!

As we approach the time to gather seeds for the upcoming season …

Millets

There is an old wisdom shared in almost all languages of the subcontinent – that all seeds are grains but not all grains can qualify to be used as seeds. Recently grains of 6 different millet varieties were processed at the Earth360 facility in Kadiri, A.P.. While part of the size based selection is done using a grader, the larger & heavier grains (the images in the left hand side column) are selected for seeds using multiple passes in a destoner. The remaining material (the images in the right hand side column) shall be collected and used for other purposes, including for processing to human edible forms.

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Lets call it bleached rice, not polished rice

I was lucky to have had the opportunity to spend a good part of a day a couple of weeks ago with an amazing group of students and faculty from Massey University, New Zealand. They were traveling through south India on a study tour - trying to understand how Sustainability, Social Responsibility and Entrepreneurship is … Continue reading Lets call it bleached rice, not polished rice

the Bengaluru Millet Walk 2017 – Thindi Oota Special

The idea for the Bengaluru Millet Walk came from the Mera Terah Run team. In Dec '16 the MTR annual yatra was a campaign to revive millets - to work towards encouraging millet based diets and their cultivation and processing. As part of Mera Terah Run 2016  - Miles for Millets a team of volunteers visited … Continue reading the Bengaluru Millet Walk 2017 – Thindi Oota Special