Message from Krishna
Recently I read an article about Farmer Suicides. The statistics in India vary but some figures suggest 400,000 suicides since 1995. In America there is a hotline for farmers to help them, this is a global problem. It is not only in India.
When we understand that our cultures; all over the world emerge from a relationship with Mother Nature and a deep connection to where our food comes from, we see that farmers are the custodians of our Culture. They know how to grow all the traditional plants that use less water and are a solution to climate change, they understand the medicinal and nutritional values of many semi wild plants as they are still related to the land. If we, as consumers would understand the values of local foods, we would address Farmer Suicides.
When a farmer is pushed into growing foods dependant on chemicals, hybrid seeds and techniques that undermine soil fertility and biodiversity, foods that is priced by an arbitrary economic model of supply and demand, then it is we, the consumer who are complicit in this tragedy.
Local foods are a solution to every problem that man has brought about on this planet, because they bring us back to the foundation of our collective needs, nutrition. We must find ways to help farmers develop basket services, to help farmers provide local foods to local schools, to help farmers gain secondary income from flowers, seeds and Ayurvedic leaves and roots and to help the farmer find his voice and create community around him because without community the farmer can not compete in this cut throat corporate world of economic gain. This is something we can address and change!
“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”
― Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution