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Helena Norberg-Hodge is the author of Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh (Sierra Club Books). She is currently working on a book about the spread of global monoculture.
Ladakh is a high-altitude desert on the Tibetan Plateau in northernmost India. To all outward appearances, it is a wild and inhospitable place. In summer the land is parched and dry; in winter it is frozen solid by fierce, unrelenting cold.