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Worldwide demand for natural, organic food is growing. Many scientists, farmers, and consumers are concerned about the health
and environmental risks associated with agricultural chemicals and genetically modified foods. Educated consumers are seeking
natural approaches to health, economically viable solutions to global hunger, and sustainable practices for the health of our planet.
Global Good News provides the latest information on the benefits of organic agriculture, organic gardening, and Maharishi Vedic
Organic Agriculture—a programme of the Global Country of World Peace for harnessing the full potential of Nature's intelligence
in the field of agriculture, to create healthy food for a happy life.
Genetically modified foods (GM foods, also called genetically engineered and genetically altered) are plants, animals, and bacteria in
which the genetic material has been directly manipulated and distorted. Natural processes—such as selective breeding, grafting or splicing—do
not directly manipulate the DNA. Many experts fear the irreversible loss of our food crops' diverse gene pool. Altered plants easily
cross-pollinate with conventional crops, making it impossible to separate the natural from the unnatural.
Agricultural companies began aggressively marketing GMOs (genetically modified organisms) in the mid-1990s, claiming an increase in crop
production. They cite evidence of pest resistance and crop spray tolerance, meaning the crop can be sprayed with amounts of pesticides
that would normally kill the plants.
However, research has found that traditional crop cultivation delivers better results. Doug Gurian-Sherman, PhD, a biologist in the Union
of Concerned Scientists (UCS) Food and Environment Program, says, 'The biotech industry has spent billions on research and public relations
hype, but genetically engineered food and feed crops have not enabled American farmers to grow significantly more crops per acre of land.'
In March 2009, Dr Gurian Sherman published a report entitled, Failure to Yield—Evaluating the Performance of Genetically Engineered Crops in which
he states, 'This report is the first to evaluate in detail the overall, or aggregate, yield effect of GE after more than 20 years of research and
13 years of commercialization in the United States. Based on that record, we conclude that GE has done little to increase overall crop yields.'
The report continues, 'Recent studies also suggest that organic and other sophisticated low-external-input methods can produce yields that are
largely equivalent to those of conventional agriculture, even though limited investment has been made in these agro-ecological methods.'
Organic gardening is the time-honoured approach to working with Nature's intelligence. Some studies have shown that organic foods have much higher
nutritional value than genetically modified and conventionally grown crops, which use pesticides and fertilizers.
Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture goes beyond the most rigorous existing standards for pure, organic food. It includes the understanding of how
Nature functions, and how to align man's intelligence with Nature's intelligence to support health, happiness, and abundance.
Vedic Organic Agriculture is an important part of Maharishi's Programmes for creating a disease-free society, and eradicating poverty. Practices
which are economically viable for farmers worldwide can supply the growing demand for pure, natural food.
Global Good News is the source for positive news and education pertaining to organic gardening, organic food, and the development of organic
agriculture around the world.
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