Monday, 19 January 2015

Mystery kidney disease killing Sri Lankan farmers

Driven by the Green Revolution of the 1960s, the teardrop-shaped island south of India abandoned ancient farming practices for modern techniques and adopted chemicals that promised the dream of self-sufficiency.

Rice paddies and vegetable fields soon dotted the vast, flat land irrigated by large reservoirs. And today, Sri Lanka produces enough rice to feed its 20 million people. 

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