The most important of all for man being food and health, “Amrita Bhoomi” initial objective is to revive traditional agricultural technologies in these areas, as they have become crucial and critical issues today, because of the introduction of monocultures in food and agriculture mainly through the much heralded “Green Revolution” technology. The implementation and practice of it even for over fifty years, has left over 100 million people of the world hungry to-day. This is mainly because monocultures in agriculture are, according to even “common sense”, cannot succeed in a planet with the rich diversity in agro-climatic conditions: But, modern science is still trying to persist that through the second “green revolution” technology, namely biotechnology, it can feed this growing hungry population on this planet.
But, biotechnology is again a technology producing monocultures, developed by transnational corporations, only to establish their monopoly over the seed and thereby the food-systems of the world, only for profit, would again push more people to hunger. The latest in this effort of TNCs are the “Terminator Technology” and the “Verminator Technology” which produce “sterile seeds” which do not terminate at all when sowed for the second time.
Source: Amritha Boomi-History
Amrita Bhoomi (meaning Eternal Earth) is a Centre for Sustainable Development and School of Agroecology founded by the Indian peasant movement KRRS in Karnataka in South India. It consists of several components that reflect our commitment to a more prosperous, equitable and ecological future. These components revolve around the training and promotion of agro-ecology and natural agriculture, renewable energy, green building, and economic diversification based on small cottage industries, as well as education, combating child labor, inequality and discrimination, and the creation of cooperatives and direct links between producers and consumers. All of these components are oriented towards greater self-reliance and capacity for collective action of the peasant communities. Local communities want to be provided with educational tools through this project so they can rebuild their independence and dignity. Within Amrita Bhoomi we work towards the eradication of poverty through the collective construction of ecological and equitable local economies that protect them from the ravages of the market global.
Source: La Via Campesina South Asia: Amritha Bhoomi (LVC Agroecology School)
Published on March 3rd, 2016
“You get courage only if you are honest with yourself. If you are saying something, and doing something else you won’t have any courage. If you are doing what you are saying, you are not afraid of anything.I’m not afraid of anything. Whoever will come, I will take it on. Because I believe in truth. I think my life is based on truth. I don’t believe in God, religion – nothing. But my path is clear. I know it is a difficult path, no? lots of obstacles will come. Always people are pulling you back. But you just see your goal, which is a common goal.Not your personal goal, a common goal. It’s not about your career.To reach that goal you need a lot of capacity. You have to go on evaluating yourself. Why did I make this mistake? Why did this happen like this? Maybe we should have done it in another way. It’s very important not to make the same mistakes. Learn from mistakes, this is how you grow.Nobody’s born with all the capacities. You learn a lot in life. Life teaches you.” Chukki Nanjundaswamy
Source: La Via Campesina South Asia: Interview of Chukki Nanjundawamy, farmers’ leader from Karnataka, by Sabina Yasmin LVC Youth Exchange activist from Bangladesh.