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Sanatana Pages: Organic farming and the centrality of the cow

Sanatana Pages: Organic farming and the centrality of the cow | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

Subhash Palekar Raises Agriculture to Spiritual Levels

For over sixty years, Indian agriculture was in a slumber. Our lands were scandalized by an unknown thing called as synthetic fertlizer. This was done to help the farmer get a 'better' harvest.

As the farmer started using it, he immediately noticed that, his soil had become infertile and could no longer bear crops for the next season. He was advised to add more and more fertilizer to the soil to compensate for the nutrient loss. Soon he was faced with another threat. The plants that grew with fertilizer needed pesticides. Soon, he started using these pesticides, which are deadly poisons. He noticed that the pests had become resistant to these chemicals as time went by. He was puzzled.

Our farmer forgot the ancient lesson that the soil HAD LIFE. He forgot that there were natural laws that governed the soil which his ancestors had obeyed from time immemorial. By thus obeying the laws , they had taken bumper harvests and had kept the land well cared for and transferred the land intact for posterity.

Subhash Palekar

It was at this time that a great mind set out to work in this field. He himself was a graduate of Agricultural science from a 'modern university'. He set out to work in his field using the British devised ways of Fertlisers and Pesticides and became an utter failure. He also ruined his land.

Then he set out to research on how our ancestors did so well in Agriculture without any of these chemicals. He consulted the Vedas, and the ancient wisdom literature. The result is a revolutionary, path breaking method, which Sri Subhash calls as 'Zero Budget Natural Farming'. Sri Subhash tried his method in his own soil and replicated it in various other fields tasting success every time.

An inspired Sri Subhash set out to teach this method to his countrymen. He has so far conducted not less than 1000 workshops, all heavily attended, to spread this new way of life for farmers.

The fundamental concept in Sri Subhash's work is that
1. Soil does not need nutrients to be added.
2. The soil has micro organisms which GENERATE NUTRIENTS for the soil.
3. It is possible to revive a fertliser damaged soil back to the natural ways.
4. That the new method require no money to do Agriculture.

Fascinating, is it not ? Read on for some more.

Sri Subhash says the pivot of 'Zero Budget Natural Farming' is the desi cow. He says that the desi cow's Urine, Cow dung and Milk have all the qualities required to rejuvenate the soil. Just ONE desi cow, says Sri Subhash, is all that is required to maintain a 30 acre Farm. He laments that the Desi- Jersi hybrid cows are of no use in his scheme of things.

What a sad thing ? The desi (country) cow is now has such a dwindling population that we need to revive them on a war footing. I wondered why the hybrid Jersi cow is unfit. A publication of 'Govardan', a voluntary organisation for Cow protection, says that the high yield Jersi was produced by crossing a wild pig and an Australian cow breed !

Sri Subhash has some formulas to revive the soil. One is 'Jeevamrutam'. This is not a replacement for Fertlizer , he says. Jeevamrutam is only a catalyst for the soil to generate its nutrients. He says that the 'organic manure','earthworm manure' are fads and are another recipe for disaster.

Sri Subhash condemns the university taught concept of burning the leftover plants after harvest. He says that these are to be left over in the soil itself by turning them over into the soil. This process of 'Mulching' helps the soil prepare its own manure.

And what about pests ? Subhash maintains that a naturally grown plant fights pests. But the plants in transit in chemical ravaged field can be protected by simply prepared 'natural pesticides' which arwe usually buttermilk, pepper and such simple combinations.

The Government Sponsored Chemical Mafia

A govermental survey states that the fertliser subsidy alone was abot Rs 13,000.00 crores in the year 2000. Add to this the pesticide subsidy and the farmer's burden. A report says that the pesticide business in India is the fourth largest in the world! Imagine what would have happened if the money is spent on raising desi cows, strengthening ponds and lakes, and protecting the village fiorests !

There are some criminal agricultural scientists who sit and lord over every governmental commission on Agriculture. These are the very people who are in hand in glove with the synthetic mafia and have been the cause of so much decline in production. Sri Subhash has alleged that our country imports foodgrains of about 5 million tonnes every year. This fact is not known to many Indians. The governments cheats here also.

Recently, a central minister went on record stating that poor Indians are eating more and this is causing problems. It is no wonder with such people at the helm, our Agriculture remains without policy.


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Osk Reddy's curator insight, August 24, 2014 1:00 AM

We wish to bring to your notice that the "Green Universe Environmental Services Society (GUESS)" head-quartered at Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India was established in 1998. Since then we have been promoting various eco friendly concepts, pro-environmental initiatives and sustainable development projects. With our vast field-level practical experiences we have observed and noticed that the farmers of our country are facing severe crop loss issues due to wild boar & wild animal attacks, frequent natural calamities, global warming effects, non availability of labour, cost escalation and climate change issues. It is known fact that many of the wild animals have shifted their habitations from the forests to farm fields due to man-made mistakes such as severe deforestation and high level destruction in the forest areas. 

 

Due to the above situations the farmers who make 70% of the Indian community are leaving agriculture and migrating to the urban habitations in search of livelihoods resulting in many of the villages are becoming deserts and the population pressure is at high level in urban areas which is causing various social & economic issues. It is fact that the most of the countries are shifting towards naturals in all walks of life and the demand for natural products is ever increasing and it is time to throw light on promotion of different eco-friendly sustainable farming measures & concepts to the struggling farmer community.

 

Keeping in view the alarming situation faced by the farming community due to wild boar & animal attacks which is great concern to the society today we have come up with an eco-friendly, cost-effective sustainable solution of "Henna Bio Fence." It is non-grazing & pest-free because it is astringent & pungent in nature which can be an effective NPM measure, sustains for longer period hence it is perennial, drought tolerant because it can pass through severe climatic situations, creates additional man days through raising & post harvest measures and also generates income because the demand for natural dyes is ever increasing. Hence "Henna Bio Fence" can be an eco-friendly cost-effective sustainable solution in place of highly expensive solar, chain linked mesh & barbed wire fences and can act as income & employment generating measure.

 

Natural dyes are pro-environment and obtained from renewable resources with no health hazards are traditionally used since ages to impart color. There is renewed interest in the application of natural dyes throughout the world today, as eco-friendly norms become stringent and the awareness about protection and preservation of environment grows day by day. The entire world is facing the side effects of synthetic products and there has been increasing interest in natural dyes, as the public become aware of health issues, ecological and environmental problems related to the use of synthetic dyes. Henna as natural dye is being used in Textiles, Handlooms, Leather, Beauty & Health Care, Cosmetics and Tattoo Industries etc. 

 

Considering the above facts, concerns and in light of the multi beneficial advantages, as responsible NGO we have initiated this "Henna Bio Fence" project to help the struggling farmers. We request for financial collaboration to impart trainings, to create awareness, to transform the concept and to provide input cost to encourage an eco-friendly, sustainable and cost effective "Henna Bio Fence" to the farmers to protect the crops from wild boar & animal attacks and to improve their income levels. In addition to the crop protection measure there is lot of scope for employment generation through value addition and marketing. 

 

Henna Bio Fence is also useful as NPM, NTFP, SMC & NRM measures. The Decoction of henna leaves because of its strong chemical composition can be used as Bio Pesticide for all the crops which reduces the pest management expenditure for a longer period. It also controls the cross pollination (Isolation) issues between different crops. Henna Bio Fence in one meter width all along the periphery of the crop fields in multiple (6-9) rows with close spacing will become as thick & strong fence which completely arrests the wild boar and animal attacks. Reducing crop loss itself is great benefit to the farmers and as well to the nation and also there are many social & economic advantages in addition to the crop protection measure. 

 

Keeping in view the above facts, we request the International Organizations who are very much concern about environment & global warming effects for financial contributions from Carbon Trade Funds, Environment Protection Funds, Ecological Balancing Funds, Global Warming Budgets, CSR & CER initiatives to provide them an eco-friendly, sustainable and cost effective "Henna Bio Fence" for their farm fields to protect the crops from animal attacks and to improve the income levels of the farming community. Hence, we request your kind attention towards a noble cause of "Vruksho Rakshathi Rakshithaha" by providing them the input cost from different possible funds & measures to help the struggling farmers who are feeding our Nation. The detailed project report will be submitted after hearing from you. We await quick response in this regard to make this pro-environmental project successful. We are hereby providing the YouTube link of promo film on Henna Bio Fence for information.

 

Henna Bio Fence Video Link:

 

GUESS - Henna Bio Fence - English  : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvzdK4qQbQo

 

GUESS - Henna Bio Fence - Telugu  : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQTs9khJmQg

 

Thanking You

 

 

Best Regards

 

 

OSK REDDY

Ph. No. 919494947894 / 919848028410

Mail:oskreddy@gmail.com / oskreddy@yahoo.com

Web Site: www.guessfoundation.org

 

 

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Big Ag’s Fight for Twitter Credibility : Food First

Big Ag’s Fight for Twitter Credibility : Food First | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Many consumers and food activists use social media platforms to stay informed and engage in important debates about the future of our food system. But increasing corporate influence in these spaces requires us to differentiate fact from spin as we encounter hundreds of posts and tweets per day. Big Ag’s attempts to shape social media debates expose its fear of criticism from a growing food movement demanding corporate transparency, regulation, and sustainable alternatives to industrial agriculture. With 284 million monthly active users, Twitter has become a battleground for Big Ag’s credibility.

 

http://foodfirst.org/big-ags-fight-for-twitter-credibility/

 


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2,000 dead snow geese ‘basically… just fell out of the sky’ in Idaho

2,000 dead snow geese ‘basically… just fell out of the sky’ in Idaho | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Volunteers and Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) staff members spent the weekend collecting the carcasses of about 2,000 migrating snow geese that died mid-flight. Its officials believe the birds were killed by avian cholera.

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FDA approves GMO apples, potatoes that don’t bruise or brown as being safe to eat

FDA approves GMO apples, potatoes that don’t bruise or brown as being safe to eat | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved apples and potatoes which are resistant to bruises and don’t go brown as safe to eat. Consumer and environmental groups are concerned that such products could have unknown risks to human health.

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Artificial Sweeteners May Change Our Gut Bacteria in Dangerous Ways

Artificial Sweeteners May Change Our Gut Bacteria in Dangerous Ways | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Substances such as saccharin may alter the type of bacteria inside us, could lead to obesity

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If you use artificial sweetners be aware.

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Institute for Responsible Nutrition's curator insight, March 17, 8:38 PM

A great article about how sugar-free sweeteners may alter our gut microbiome 

FarmRaiser's curator insight, March 19, 9:52 PM

If you heard diet soda is better than regular soda pop...Think Again!  The Bottom Line--nothing good comes from putting chemicals in your body.  Check this out for more information!

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Food for thought as hotter, harder times forecast for the farm

Food for thought as hotter, harder times forecast for the farm | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Australia's agricultural sector faces profound challenges from climate change over coming decades forcing the migration of some crops and the new varieties of others, a new report by the University of Melbourne researchers has shown.

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Australia's agriculture.

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New UN report calls for transformation in agriculture | Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

New UN report calls for transformation in agriculture | Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

http://www.iatp.org/blog/201309/new-un-report-calls-for-transformation-in-agriculture

 


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Sammie Bryant's curator insight, March 22, 10:03 PM

this relates to our agriculture unit in APHUG. in this article, the UN is calling for a "transformation in agriculture".  in order to begin to eliminate this crisis that is world hunger and continue to feed the steadily growing population, the group says we must do things such as support small scale farmers, reduce fertilizer use, create strong local food systems, etc. I think this article is a good sign. People are finally doing something about this world crisis. I think the title "wake up before its too late" accurately fits this situation.

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Farm in a box produces an acre's worth of crops in a shipping container

Farm in a box produces an acre's worth of crops in a shipping container | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Along with "exponentially higher" yields, the CropBox promises that their complete growing system also uses 90% less water and 80% less fertilizer than conventional agriculture does.

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Charlie Dare's curator insight, March 6, 6:02 AM

Containers are being put to quite a few innovative uses now days as dwellings and others like this Cropbox ~

Kristen E. Sukalac's curator insight, March 9, 4:09 AM

Love this clever example of repurposing. This seems much more realistic than some of the hugely oversized vertical farm projects I've seen conceptualized. 

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Some California farmers to go without federal water

Some California farmers to go without federal water | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The federal government said Friday it won't send any of its reservoir water to the Central Valley for the second straight year, forcing farmers in California's agricultural heartland to again scramble for other sources or leave fields unplanted.

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Water is precious in California.

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Classroom Farming

Classroom Farming | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Growing classroom minds and pioneering agricultural literacy through Farm on Wheels

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Exciting classroom ideas.

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Olive Oil Compound ‘Kills Cancer Cells in 30 Minutes’ | RiseEarth

Olive Oil Compound ‘Kills Cancer Cells in 30 Minutes’ | RiseEarth | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

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Inside the food industry: the surprising truth about what you eat

Inside the food industry: the surprising truth about what you eat | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Inside the food industry: the surprising truth about what you eat

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Surprising??? Not really!!!

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Homemade Miracle Drink: It Turns Gray Hair Back to Its Natural Color! | RiseEarth

Homemade Miracle Drink: It Turns Gray Hair Back to Its Natural Color! | RiseEarth | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

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Organic Farming is only 9950 years Older than Chemical Farming!

Organic Farming is only 9950 years Older than Chemical Farming! | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
It started about 10.000,- years ago, -8000 B.C., in present day Konya, Türkiye. About 200km north-west of my own farm, with birds flight. This place was included among World Heritage sites by UNESCO in July 1st, 2012. Its in Çumra area overlooking the vast Konya (old Iconia) farming valley of Türkiye, larger than many European countries.Farming had been about fully natural until 1950s, without chemicals. Fruits commanded prices like meats. Goods were scarcer, but had quality.Almost all heavy wei

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The Barefoot Farmer grows more than food

The Barefoot Farmer grows more than food | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
At his Long Hungry Creek Farm in Tennessee, Jeff Poppen grows community too, championing the small family farm and the importance of bring young people back to the land.

 

 

http://www.mnn.com/leaderboard/stories/the-barefoot-farmer-grows-more-than-food?utm_source=2015+March+E-News&utm_campaign=Biodynamic+Association+E-News&utm_medium=email

 


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lavitabio's curator insight, March 27, 5:31 AM

Le complicate vicende di un contadino Usa "piedi scalzi". L'agricoltura, il biologico, il valore sociale e culturale.

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This is The Most Powerful Natural Antibiotic Ever – Kills Any Infections in The Body | RiseEarth

This is The Most Powerful Natural Antibiotic Ever – Kills Any Infections in The Body | RiseEarth | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

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​Spread of antibiotic-resistant infections linked to …corruption

​Spread of antibiotic-resistant infections linked to …corruption | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Australian researchers have found out that the rise in antibiotic-resistant infections – one of the greatest threats to the modern medicine – correlates to poor governance and corruption around the world.

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Serious health issues to address.

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This "Mad Genius" Organic Farmer's Ideas Are Working. He's Grossing $100K An Acre...

This "Mad Genius" Organic Farmer's Ideas Are Working. He's Grossing $100K An Acre... | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Could he have found the most effective way to grow food?    

 

http://eatlocalgrown.com/article/14219-organic-farmer-grosses-100k-acre.html?c=ngr

 


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Wow!!! Just think $100,000 per acre???

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Mandar Trivedi's curator insight, March 28, 5:52 AM

Amazing Organic Farming info!  Can't wait to learn more about this!

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Distorting Nutrition Facts To Generate Buzz

Distorting Nutrition Facts To Generate Buzz | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
In mid-February, the government released a scientific report that will shape its 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Think of it as America's basic nutrition policy. Most people who read the report would have viewed it as a snore; not much has changed.

Yes, the report lifted the longstanding advice to limit cholesterol in foods. That boils down to dropping advice to limit egg yolks. Liver is high in cholesterol, but rarely eaten. Shrimp is high in cholesterol, but so low in saturated fat -- the prime driver of high blood cholesterol -- that its cholesterol hardly matters.

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Normal!!! Changing facts!!! 

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7 food trends of 2015 that embrace health and sustainability

7 food trends of 2015 that embrace health and sustainability | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Some years see food fads that bring shudders to the green- and salubrious-inclined, but 2015 has ushered in some fashionable noshes that we can live with.

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Interesting foods???

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Take A Mouth-Watering Tour Of School Lunches From Around The World (And The Embarrassing U.S. Equivalent)

Take A Mouth-Watering Tour Of School Lunches From Around The World (And The Embarrassing U.S. Equivalent) | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Eating at the school cafeteria could've been amazingif you grew up almost anywhere but the U.S.

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School lunches.

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Why the Strawberry Industry is Failing (And What’s Going to Happen Next)

Why the Strawberry Industry is Failing (And What’s Going to Happen Next) | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
The strawberry industry boomed with the introduction of new techniques and pesticides. Read a summary of that history and a prediction for what will happen next.

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Strawberry farming becoming a challenge.

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200 Evidence-Based Reasons NOT To Vaccinate - FREE Research PDF Download! | RiseEarth

200 Evidence-Based Reasons NOT To Vaccinate - FREE Research PDF Download! | RiseEarth | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

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Interesting questions?

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Whacking Farmers with the Clean Water Act - American Clarion

Whacking Farmers with the Clean Water Act - American Clarion | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers are at it again, seeking to regulate every puddle, creek, and ditch in America as “navigable waters” under the terms of the Clean Air Act — even though you probably couldn’t...

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How do you feel about this?

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Ohio Wetlands Association's curator insight, February 22, 10:57 AM

"Whack" is a good part of this title but not the way the author intends. Although it looks by the quotes that the author has drilled down to some specific reveal, there is no substance to these interpretations. For clarity start with the facts, not the whacks. See; http://www2.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2014-09/documents/facts_about_wotus.pdf

 

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Understanding Vernal Pool Hydrology and Animal Use

Understanding Vernal Pool Hydrology and Animal Use | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Make science go faster. Help us discover more by funding research in curing cancer, space exploration, and dinosaurs.

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Wrote a column on this last year.

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Ohio Wetlands Association's curator insight, February 18, 10:58 AM

Keep the research coming.