Sustainable Yogic Agriculture
Agriculture is a topic of high importance at international forums. Rather than just a livelihood, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recommends a ‘systems’ approach to agriculture that incorporates good governance, environmental integrity, economic resilience and social wellbeing. Sustainable agriculture must incorporate traditional knowledge and organic agriculture that links ecology, culture, economics and society.
Sustainable Yogic Agriculture does this by utilising a systemwide approach, recognising all elements of farming: humans, animals and birds, flying and crawling insects, micro-organisms, seed, vegetation and surrounding ecosystems, and the natural elements of sun, soil, air, water and space.
Utilizing the best in humans means also recognising the power of intention, the benefit of culture and the satisfaction of diligent practice. Integrating culturally and spiritually relevant practices of meditation is increasing the wellbeing of farmers, positively affecting relationships and bringing qualitative and quantitative benefits to their agricultural livelihoods.
Key Research Practices
- Seed empowerment through meditation ten days before cultivation
- Meditation is applied
- At every stage of the crop cycle (sowing, watering, applying organic inputs, harvesting)
- On-site and remotely
- Specific meditative input according to need (e.g. meditation to increase resilience in plants in the case of pest invasion)