What we urgently need today is spread of Gandhian agriculture : Prof Swaminathan
October 2, 2018: A major challenge in achieving the goals of SDG is the integration of economic viability with social and environmental sustainability. This is where new eco-technologies become important. I stressed this point in my lecture on “Agriculture and Spaceship Earth”, in 1973. For the purpose of promoting environmentally sustainable technology, I advocated Gandhian agriculture where productivity can be enhanced without harm to the environment. I wish to quote on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, the following from my 1973 Sardar Patel Lectures
“Based on the most advanced principles of biological science, we can probably claim to have developed a Gandhian Agriculture, because this would be an agriculture where Gandhian concepts become manifested in the form of an advanced rural economy, benefiting all sections of the community. Also this will be an agriculture which enriches and not harm the environment”
Gandhian agriculture is based on the principle of non-violence to nature. What we need today urgently is the spread of Gandhian agriculture which is the pathway to sustainable food and nutrition security.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.