“Organic farming is urban nonsense”

“Organic farming doesn’t exist. They just make these words up. It all makes no urban sense,” spiritual leader Sadhguru said in an exclusive chat with Asianet News. The Isha Foundation founder recently completed his 100-day Save Soil journey at Cauvery Basin which saw him travel to 27 countries across Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East and connect with 3.9 billion people. people, including scientists, policy makers, government leaders, elected officials and celebrities.

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Interacting with Asianet News Chief Reporter, Anoop Balachandran, Sadhguru said that the urban population knows nothing about agriculture. Sadhguru said, “All this is propagated by the urban people who know nothing about agriculture. You don’t tell the farmer how he should do agriculture. “fertilizer or pesticides. If you do this today, global food production will drop to 25%, that’s death.”

“If the organic content of the soil increases, fertilizer use will start to decrease on its own. That’s the way it should be. If you say you don’t like fertilizer, stop. You and I am alive on fertilizer. Because otherwise we will have famines. The townspeople should stop giving prescriptions for farming. Let the farmer decide how to cultivate because there is a lot of difference between this piece of land and such a parcel of land. People may not understand. But if you want the soil to be alive, give the farmers incentives to raise it above three percent, you will get as many incentives Farmers will take it,” he added.

Giving an example, Sadhguru said, “When you go to the market they will tell you to buy this mango, it is organic. So someone came up to me when I was in Kurnool and gave me a mango and said, “Sadhguru, it’s an organic mango”. I said, “Get me an inorganic; I want to eat an inorganic.” There is no such thing. You invent these words. It just doesn’t make any urban sense.”

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“Fragment elements that activate resentment and anger, they get all the media exposure in the world and it makes everyone think it’s the way of the world, but it’s not. We have to talk to ignite the humanity in all of us. When anger and resentment spreads, maybe some people get excited, but never all of society.”

Sadhguru said: “When I was thinking about how to design the soil campaign because it’s such an emerging topic. will not fly; who is going to be excited about the floor? I said, the question is not whether someone is going to be excited or not. The question is where is the problem. Do you want to fix the problem or do you want to take something that we think will work? I said we’ll fix it, let’s see how the world reacts.”

“And I was very confident that if it’s conveyed correctly, people will respond. Either the scientists speak – although they know the facts – they speak in a language that no one understands. Activists always talk about bashing someone one. People aren’t talking about igniting the humanity in all of us to see if something happens,” he added.

“Don’t preach to the farmer; give him incentives”

Asked how the soil saving initiative will trickle down to the local level, Sadhguru said, “This initiative has to reach the government in a big way so that they develop policy incentives. three-pronged incentive policy for farmers. It won’t work without it. What’s the point of preaching to the farmer? His economic condition is such that if you touch it, he will collapse. He is in that condition. You offer him — now India’s organic content averages 0.68% If you offer that if he gets 3% we will give you that much money most farmers will go for that . »

“And then there’s the carbon credit system, the market recognition — these things have to happen. Everyone says, why don’t you talk to the farmers. Because you don’t understand the problem or the solution. What is the point of talking to a farmer who is barely trying to live, he needs incentives,” he added.

Message to the government

When asked if he had any radical ideas for soil conservation and on the feedback he had received from the Indians, Sadhguru said, “My message to the government is simply this. Do not prescribe any type of agriculture anyone. When you say natural farming, I understand that you are trying to improve the quality of the soil. But instead of focusing on just one thing. There is only one problem: there is no “There’s not enough organic content in the soil. How are you going to put it there? You can only do it by bringing in plant life and animal life.”

“If you just put in place a substantial incentive, instead of giving out so many subsidies in various ways, you orient it towards results. farmers cannot use it. We need to simplify the market for carbon credits for farmers. Then there should be recognition in the market: if my products come from 3% organic content, they must be recognized and priced in consequence, because the volume of food people consume will decrease significantly if the nutrients are very high in the food. Currently, the nutrients are not enough. So people tend to eat more and more. The body does not have it doesn’t need food, it needs nutrients, so if the nutrient value goes up, the food intake will fall and that will do huge things for humanity,” he added.

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Last updated July 3, 2022 at 8:00 AM IST

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