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.
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.
Publication date: March 2015 Source:Global Food Security, Volume 4 Author(s): Madhav G. Badami , Navin Ramankutty Urban agriculture (UA) is promoted because of its contribution to food security and poverty alleviation.
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Newswise — Boston (March 31, 2015) – Babies receiving poor nutrition in the womb tend to be smaller at birth, which has been linked to the development of obesity and other health problems later in life. Researchers continue to discover other consequences related to undernutrition during pregnancy. A new study examines how poor fetal nutrition affects protein expression in the fat tissue of adult rats, revealing key differences between males and females.
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Every year, 17 million children are born undernourished due to a mother’s lack of nutrition. Obesity is a rapidly growing problem in developing countries, where an estimated 900 million adults are overweight or obese. “In developing countries, insufficient and inadequate food access is a very real problem,” said Eliane Beraldi Ribeiro, Ph.D., associate professor at Federal University of São Paulo and research team lead. “A better understanding of the molecular mechanisms at work in the metabolic reprograming that results from prenatal undernutrition could lead to interventions and treatments that help lessen the health effects.”
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The female adult rats that experienced poor prenatal nutrition developed obesity and showed lower levels of 18 proteins and higher levels of four proteins, compared to normal rats. The males with poor prenatal nutrition did not develop obesity but still had lower levels of 12 proteins and higher levels of 17 proteins. When the researchers looked at the metabolic pathways in which these proteins were involved, they found that the protein changes seen in the females were tied to impaired glucose metabolism while cellular energy production was mainly affected in males.
Because the affected proteins differed between male and female rats, the results suggest that poor prenatal nutrition has different long-term effects in males and females.
“We did not select a protein or group of proteins to study in advance — we studied the whole pool of possible proteins that might be expressed in the fat tissue, which is in the range of hundreds,” said Ribeiro, who will present the research at the American Physiological Society (APS) Annual Meeting during Experimental Biology 2015. “Our approach allows the identification of proteins that no one else thought were involved. Now it is necessary to perform more studies to understand how the metabolic differences we observed relate to susceptibilities for developing obesity.”
Now that the researchers have pinpointed which proteins are affected by prenatal undernutrition, they can conduct further experiments to explore how each one might contribute to the development of obesity. The researchers hope this next phase of the research can reveal drug targets to help increase glucose metabolism in fat cells and reduce a person’s likelihood of becoming obese.
Eliane Beraldi Ribeiro will present the findings during the Experimental Biology 2015 meeting on Tuesday, March 31, from 9:30-9:45 a.m. at the “Diet, Nutrition, and Adipose Tissue: You are What You Eat” session in Room 206A, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.
The study was funded by grants from the Brazilian National Research Council, Foundation for Research Support of the State of São Paulo and Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel.
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