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Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture: Solution for reducing the effect of carbon emissions
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26 May 2010
Continuing his recent presentation about Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture, British business executive Dr Anthony Hardy emphasized that there is an abundance of nutrients in the soil, and it is the soil biology that makes these nutrients available to plants and crops. 'Soil fertility is fundamental and must be seen as a whole, with its millions of interconnected aspects, rather than using chemical inputs in isolation,' Dr Hardy said.
Dr Hardy was commenting on principles brought out earlier by Dr Stijn Vandenbosch; both speakers were describing the 16-lesson course on Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture held recently in MERU, Holland.*
Dr Hardy read a quote from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi: 'All the laws of nature are so intimately connected that the isolation of any one law will create imbalance in any field of life.'
'With the use of pesticides and fertilizers and all kinds of industrial and chemical farming practices,' Dr Hardy continued, 'there are severe damaging influences on the environment and possibly food nutrition.'
He said that many people who are already familiar with organic food and farming will be very comfortable with these ideas, but the course on Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture takes this same knowledge to a much deeper level—to its deepest level in the Unified Field of Natural Law—and gives it a truly complete expression.
Dr Hardy also explained that, on the issue of climate change, it is widely accepted that loss of soil organic matter has contributed to global warming, and rebuilding of soil organic matter can store carbon and reduce emissions. Organic farming stores significantly higher levels of carbon in the soil than conventional farming and is less dependant on oil-based fertilizers and pesticides.
'This is now a mainstream policy proposal,' Dr Hardy said. 'In the United Kingdom the Soil Association, the leading organization for organic food and farming, has estimated that converting crop growing areas in the country to organic farming could take 3.2 million tons of carbon per year out of the atmosphere and store it in the soil. That is equivalent to taking one million cars off the road.
'So there are solutions to food security, famine, and food nutrition,' he said.
Global Good News will feature the conclusion of Dr Hardy's presentation in the coming days.
* Dr Hardy's presentation was featured on the 5 May Maharishi Global Family Chat, broadcast daily via Internet webcast on the Maharishi Channel, Channel 3. Podcasts of the daily Global Family Chat (audio track) are also available for automatic download, via an RSS feed.
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