Thursday, June 16, 2011
THE BENEFITS OF ORGANIC VEGAN FARMING
Chapter 4 of "FROM CRISIS TO PEACE ... the Organic Vegan Way is the Answer" takes an objective view on the subject. Written by The Supreme Master Ching Hai, the book aims to raise global awareness on the present climate crisis faced by every nation on the planet and offers the most effective and quickest way to turn the situation around.
"The benefits of organic farming for human livelihood, for human health and for animals' health, natural resources and protection of our planet, all these benefits we cannot even under-estimate, we cannot even estimate all in here. Organic farming not only helps to protect the planet, it will even help to eliminate hunger."
"Returning to traditional, organic farming methods is already proven by success in Africa, for example, and in some places like the Americas, Europe and Australia. People are more informed about the harms of the meat and more informed about the benefits of a vegetarian diet."
SUSTAINABILITY AND HIGH YIELDS
***It has been found that a large-scale change to organic farming could feed the world. Research in Denmark and elsewhere has shown large yields from orgainc farming on land that was previously under-utilized;
***Organic practices such as composting and rotating crops improve the soil;
REDUCING THE USE OF PESTICIDES AND FERTILIZERS
***Organic farming is good for animals, all beings on this planet, including even trees and land, in part because it does not use chemical fertilizers or pesticides which are considered to be potentially cancer-causing and also depleting bees' colonies and killing many other animals...
***:Chemical fertilizers and pesticide runoffs are also known to contribute to the ocean dead zones;
***Over 5 billion pounds of pesticides are used throughout the world each year! and only about 10% of these chemicals ever reach the areas where they are intended for. So the rest goes into the air and water ...
IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENT AND SOIL
***If all people, all the farmers and all the arable land on our planet turn into organic farming methods, then immediately, 40% of the CO2 will be absorbed by the farming methods alone already.
SAVING ENERGY AND RESOURCES
***Organic, vegan farming is productive, saving 37% more energy and even more water than conventional farming methods.
SAVING MONEY FOR GOVERNMENTS
***The cost of subsidizing organic vegetable farming is very small compared to the sunsidies needed to keep the animal farms afloat.... Organic, vegan farming can save governments a lot, a lot of money, 80% of it.
PROFITABILITY FOR FARMERS
*** A study on small farmers in Latin America who switched to organic vegetable farming found that they earned higher revenues than before.... some of the reasons for the greater profits are that the production costs are lower than conventional farming;
***There are more crops varieties that can be rotated.... also, the organic system is naturally more resistant to drought.
IMPROVING FOOD SAFETY AND HEALTH
***We all benefit from better health because (organic food is) free from toxins and abundant in nutrients, without the genetiic modification and cancer-causing pesticides.
ORGANIC VEGANISM IS A SPIRITUAL MOVEMENT
***Small farmers have a spiritual role in veganism as well. The vegan diet itself is a spiritual movement because it is the single most effective way to expand our human compassion and noble qualituy, and loving quality.
***When we live and let live, when we love all beings as if we love ourselves, then that is already very highly spiritual... that is in line with all the greatest religions on Earth. That will be very pleasing to Heaven. This allows us more to completely extend our respect and care to all life.
- The Supreme Master Ching Hai -
Read the e-book (avialable in multiple languages) at: www.crisis2peace.org