Raising Rice Right in Indonesia

Will tourism make or break the traditional cultivation system that has made Bali famous?

RELATED TAGS: SUSTAINABILITY, ECOLOGY, PLANTS
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Balinese farmer I Made Perasi understands the challenges of modernization well. He straddles two worlds as the owner of a car wash and the leader of a thriving but threatened rice cultivation system in the Pakerisan River’s Valley of Kings. His title is pekaseh, the elected head of a green and fruitful pocket of the watershed, which includes 110 families and their separate-but-cooperating rice paddy operations.
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