Technology is coming to the rescue of humans to fight the new food security challenges we face.
Good intentioned government intervention in the markets by licensing of production, has always resulted in long term damage. All that it has done is to create unwanted market distortions and crony economies.
DSR (Direct Seeding of Rice) rice is a new technology that combines a chemical herbicide to kill weeds and the direct planting of rice seeds.
I believe that the government policy approach to enhance farm incomes and decongest cities is doomed to fail. Ila Patnaik and Radhika Pandey write that the government is encouraging rural youth to stay in the villages.
It appears that the Ganga only looks cleaner, but is not actually much cleaner during the lockdown. Industrial waste discolors the water, but domestic sewage is the major pollutant, and it has not come down at all.