The Vanishing Grasslands
What a Tasty Food Plate !
Pastoralism thrives on Grasslands and vice-versa. India’s grasslands have been the food plate for the 250 million animals that thrive in our extensive pastoral systems —the largest number in pastoralism across the world. In fact grasslands are the most amazing thali that humans can imagine! The Banni grassland too has 43 tasty dishes (grasses) on the plate; some for nutrition, some as masala, and yet others as the dessert!
While some grass species provide nutrition, others offer sharp and tart flavours, and yet others are sweet, like the dessert we have at the end of a meal. It takes a bovine’s taste buds to discern the difference. Grasslands are classified on the basis of the salinity, moisture and quality of soil. Maldharis (pastoralists) recognize these as Meethi(sweet) and Khaari(salty) soils.