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Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture in greenhouses in Maharishi Vedic City and Fairfield, Iowa, USA - Part II
by Global Good News staff writer
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8 May 2008
Speaking recently on Maharishi Global Family Chat, Raja Robert Wynne, Mayor of Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa, USA, and Raja of New Zealand for the Global Country of World Peace, answered questions about Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture—the greenhouses and field crops—in Maharishi Vedic City and Fairfield, Iowa, USA.
Continuing to answer questions (please see Part I of this article), Raja Wynne responded that fruit trees and nut trees have been planted but not yet timber. Unlike the vegetables, trees take a number of years to produce their crop. These trees are being planted on different lands, also to protect against the wind, and more will be planted.
Raja Wynne explained they are working with Raja Jose Luis Alvarez, the Raja of Latin America for the Global Country of World Peace, to organize to bring in weekly from Central America the fresh fruit and vegetables that can't be grown in the climate in Iowa, because a large amount of vegetables and fruit are consumed in Maharishi Vedic City and Fairfield.
When asked about possible climate change, Raja Wynne said he had been predicting that once global invincibility is achieved through the Maharishi Effect, so many places in the world are too hot: they can share some of their heat naturally, and other places (such as the central plains area of Vedic America) can share some of their coolness. 'The whole world in Heaven on Earth, I would think would be temperate,' he said.
Raja Wynne also explained that employing skilled labour makes it possible to reduce the number of people required, and thereby reduce the total costs.
When asked whether he would recommend that communities in other countries look into this option of greenhouses, Raja Wynne said, 'There's a rule of thumb that everyone could use, which is that the amount of vegetables that you can produce in a greenhouse is at least 20 times that which you can produce outside. Outside is subject to the heat, insects, and rain; and you have to plant the fields further apart. This does not come up with a greenhouse.'
Raja Wynne also mentioned that they don't grow hydroponically, 'because in general for the last few hundred million years, the plants have been used to growing in the ground, so that's what we do. So I definitely recommend it, because it can be a huge source of fresh organic food, picked when ripe, when nutrition's maximum, and then the additional food that's not being consumed locally can be sold.'
Raja Wynne agreed that Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture can contribute to the financial well-being and stability of an entire community. 'In fact the greenhouses here were an initiative started by Maharishi Vedic City so that the proceeds from the greenhouse would be used to support the Vedic Pandits and other peace creating groups here in the City.'
In conclusion Raja Wynne said they would be very happy to provide information to anyone who wants to start a greenhouse operation in their own country or city, because they now have five years of experience. They would like to share and also to hear other people's experience with these greenhouses.
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