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    Wild edible food – an alternate calorific and nutritional security

  • Slide 33

    Biodiversity – our life support system 

  • Slide 11

    Agro-biodiversity – a bio-cultural heritage from our ancestors

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    Sacred forests  – an ancient execcise of nature conservation

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    Agro-ecosystems  – human adaptive skills towards landscape domestication

The genesis of CEiBa, a few words……

A deep-rooted link between the people and the plants was set up during the long trajectory of Human evolution. Human prehistory also suggests a similar entanglement with the animal biota around. It inspires us to extend our horizon and to imagine a continuum of human emotional and cultural milieu that is ‘inclusive’ of a plethora of biota, both flora, and fauna. The antiquity of this association, perhaps, is quite ancient and might have stemmed from the hunting and gathering subsistence relying on wild food. Hunting and gathering subsistence essentially established another relation with our ancestors, their closeness with the landscape and its elements. It does not come as a surprise that our ancestors had been modifying their environment from very early on to meet up their calorific and nutritional demand. This ‘ecosystem engineering’ happened to such an extent, throughout the globe, that they hardly left any habitat which remained entirely ‘pristine’. The virgin forests of the Amazon also bear the marks of human habitation and engineering. The famous ‘terra preta’ or black earth of the Amazonian forest is a living witness of human ingenuity. The spectrum of human engineering was prolific and touched almost every sphere with its magic wand. It caused radical transformation of the landscape in many places, made agriculture possible, catalyzed population growth, and accelerated the formation of the settled societies.

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