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Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture course teaches ways to improve soil fertility
by Global Good News staff writer
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1 September 2012
One focus of a landmark course on Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture is how to add nutrients and fertility back into degraded, eroded, and barren soil.
The course, which has been offered in nine countries around the world to date, is taught by Dr Peter Swan, an expert in this field. Dr Swan places a conscious emphasis on the recent improvements in gardening, agriculture, and environment, with the central theme of the course being the technology behind Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture and how it can be used to solve many of the world's agricultural woes.
Several of the lessons focus on creating soil fertility.
One common way to achieve this is through composting, which effectively transforms waste into nutrients.
The course teaches how to make compost using different methods, but ultimately instructs students that compost is all about balance. Once they find the right balance of food, water, air, temperature, and protection from the elements, creating compost is easy.
This is important because organisms in compost improve the quality of the soil. Dr Swan shows a few 'before-and-after' pictures to illustrate this point. One 'before' picture is of a patch of lawn overgrown with weeds, but after applying compost, the grass grows back at full force, thus naturally crowding out the weeds.
Another example of compost used effectively comes from a roadside in Adelaide, Australia. A picture shows the barren shoulder of the road. Nothing has grown there for many years and the strip of land is being eroded by wind and rain.
Then grass seed and compost are placed on the roadside land.
Dr Swan describes what happens next:
'Immediately that soil becomes fertile, the grass grows up, and we have a complete rehabilitation of [land] where, for many years, nothing could grow at all. So we see that it is possible . . . to improve the soil very quickly where it has been completely degenerated.'
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