In Dr. Bruce Lipton’s wonderfully inspiring book The Honeymoon Effect there’s a dramatic story I would like to share with my readers. It’s a story about a farming community in India that started using GMO seeds to grow their food in hopes of fending off a predicted famine. I’ll let Bruce tell the story in his own words.
Bruce and his wife Margaret went to India to Meet Bharat Mitra and Bhavani Lev who had felt called to start an organic revolution in India. They founded a loving community and company called “ORGANIC INDIA, whose philosophy embraced Gaia: ‘Creation is one. The Earth is one. We are one.'” Here’s the story.
The Story of Azamgarh — From GMO to Organic Farming
They started their revolution in 1997 in the town of Azamgarh. In the ’60s, many farmers in this community had embraced the high-tech “Green Revolution” farming methods that Western corporations had introduced to India. They mortgaged their farms and lives to buy the promise of costly genetically modified seeds; and then had to borrow more to pay for the synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and modern irrigation projects required to grow the genetically modified plants. The goal was to fend off the country’s famines that had once been considered inevitable, and at first it seemed to work. Yields increased and formerly poverty-stricken towns and the farmers who lived in them prospered.
But by the time ORGANIC INDIA started its work in Azamgarh, many farmers had become disillusioned and desperate. Their fields had indeed turned green but in the process had sucked up so much groundwater that they needed to dig deeper and deeper wells and borrow more and more money. The genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and petrochemical sprays produced an environmental disaster with devastating conse-
quences. Monsanto’s GMO “monster crops” accelerated depletion of soil nutrients, creating plant blight, which in turn led to an invasion of destructive insects. The
farmers had to borrow more money to buy more and more chemicals to grow their crops to fend off pests that had become resistant. In the last decade, nearly
200,000 Indian farmers, unable to continue to work their depleted land and unable to make loan payments, took their own lives-many by drinking the very pes-
ticides they had been told would ensure a good livelihood for them and their families.
Unsurprisingly, when ORGANIC INDIA arrived in Azamgarh, farmers were suspicious of more Westerners asking them to radically change the way they work. And just as a practical matter, they were leery of becoming organic farmers, because it takes at least three years to certify a field as organic.
Despite these suspicions, one farmer named Kailash Nath Singh decided to take a chance by going organic on his small, three-acre farm. That small step couldn’t have
been more symbolic; not only was Singh going back to the way his ancestors had farmed but he was doing it with the ancient crop tulsi (also called holy basil), a
wild medicinal herb that has been used for thousands of years in traditional Indian medicine (Ayurveda) to heal body and mind.
Now, thanks to ORGANIC INDIA’s subsidies during their transition, 15 years later there are 1,000 organic farmers in Azamgarh and 20,000 around the country. The stories these grateful farmers tell are incredibly moving and a testament to the sustainability of organic farming-constant enrichment of the soil, healthier livestock, fewer miscarriages, and thriving children. Says Kailash Nath Singh, “Organic farming has come as a real blessing for our family. Our succeeding generations will reap the benefits and realize how the land has not lost its fertility due to heavy use of chemicals.”
I can’t tell you how inspiring it was for Margaret and me to see women and men working in organic tulsi, psyllium, and intoxicatingly fragrant rose fields (used
in their fabulous Tulsi Sweet Rose Tea), cultivating their crops in a sustainable way. They are literally healing the Earth one field at a time. Says Bharat Mitra, “It’s not
only that they have sustainable income, not only that, the environment is healthy, not only that their livestock is doing well, not only their own health has improved so
significantly, but they have the dignity of being farmers again. How beautiful. How natural. How simple.”
The farmers’ crops are processed and shipped from Lucknow all over the world to consumers (like Margaret and me) clamoring for organic products, which means
that ORGANIC INDIA is now making a global impact as well. The company is committed to its vision of being a vehicle of consciousness; it is running its business in a way that benefits everyone who works at the company and the consumers who buy its high-quality products. Says Bhavani, “Unless we all experience that we are all of the same consciousness we’re going to treat each other as if you don’t matter.”
Here is America, the GMO corporate farming industry lead by Monsanto cares about one thing and one thing only: profits. It treats us as though we don’t matter. Our GMO crops are being denied entrance into more and more foreign countries. Why is our government not only allowing but empowering Monsanto to produce and supply our grocery shelves with GMO foods?
Here’s an updated video clip on the class action suit against Mondanto for those who want to know more about what’s happening with GMO in this country
Please share this blog around. Monsanto and its GMO farming practices need to be stopped.
If you haven’t read Bruce’s book The Honeymoon Effect, do yourself a big favor and order it today. ‘Till my next post,
Here’s to your health and healing.
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Thanks for inspiring news ORGANIC INDIA. Lately, I noticed that Cuba has adopted an organic program to be applied to nationally owned farm-land, returned to the care of farmers who take up ownership.
Thanks again, Paul
Thanks, Paul. I had heard the same and I appreciate your comment, which I will post on my blog.
Warm regards, tony