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This Man Is Helping the Entire Country of Bhutan Go Organic
by Clarissa Wei
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6 October 2016
On 5 October 2016 Munchies, a website dedicated to 'food and its global purpose' reported: Dr. Appachanda Thimmaiah, associate professor in the Sustainable Living Department of Maharishi University of Management* served as the organic agriculture consultant to Bhutan from 2008 to 2013. He is the man behind the country's agricultural transition to becoming 100 percent organic.
Dr. Thimmaiah helps farmers maintain self-sufficient, 'closed-loop' systems where no outside products need be purchased. This has caught on with the government, along with 'no-cost' organic certification for framers, and training programs for instructors in organic farming methods.
''It's very important that we understand ourselves'' he says, when asked how spirituality relates to agriculture. ''Everything boils down to consciousness. If our consciousness does not change and if we do not understand at a deeper level that it's our responsibility to heal this ailing modern earth, I don't think we can do much. It is not enough to be merely sustainable. We have to evolve toward regenerative agricultural systems. Every action of ours should bring in incremental benefits to the soil and diversity to the soil.''
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When asked about the principle way he taught everyone about organic farming Dr. Thimmaiah said, ''I wrote a book called A Guide to Organic Agriculture in Bhutan. This became a bible for organic agriculture and it's an open source training manual without intellectual property rights. It's been printed multiple times; the guidebooks are being distributed free and translated into the local language.''
It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring fulfilment to the field of agriculture and education.
Every day Global Good News documents the rise of a better quality of life dawning in the world and highlights the need for introducing Natural Law based—Total Knowledge based—programmes to bring the support of Nature to every individual, raise the quality of life of every society, and create a lasting state of world peace.
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*Maharishi University of Management (MUM) is a private, accredited university featuring Consciousness-Based℠ Education, designed to develop the student's total potential. The curriculum offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in the arts, sciences, humanities, and business, but also integrates self-development programs. All students, faculty, and staff practice the Transcendental Meditation® technique, which develops integrated brain functioning, promotes wellness, and enhances learning ability and academic performance. Other innovations include taking one course for 3-1/2 weeks with a three-day break between each course, and organic vegetarian meals. Visitors Weekends are held throughout the year. For more information, call the Admissions Office at 800-369-6480 [toll-free in US; outside US call: 1 641-472-1110] or visit http://www.mum.edu.
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