Save Soil policy will be implemented as 74 nations declare support to it: Sadhguru
Bengaluru: Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev on Saturday said the implementation of the Save Soil policy will happen, given the declared support of 74 nations and the social media metrics indicating a conservative estimate of over 3.2 billion people lending their voice to the movement.
“As a policy, we are quite confident that it’s definitely going to happen,” he told reporters here.
Commenting on the cruel history of famine the nation has witnessed, Sadhguru said, “Famine is the most terrible and debilitating thing that can happen to a human being.”
He described the country’s entry into a green revolution, terming this as the ’emergency bridge’ that the nation stood upon as a response to the fear of famine. “If we don’t get back on the ground, we are on a bridge to nowhere,” Sadhguru exclaimed.
Sadhguru pronounced the indispensability of “a serious, significant incentive because farm economy is so fragile,” describing farming as the profession with the highest suicide rates, given the heartbreaking and backbreaking effort it takes to grow food on a degraded land.
He emphasised the need to separate soil from other ecological issues, reiterating that “soil is of existential significance” and is one aspect that will not run into a “collision course” with other lobbies, businesses or industries.
The 100-day journey will culminate on June 21, 2022 in the Cauvery River basin, where Isha’s outreach project, Cauvery Calling, has been working tirelessly to empower farmers to implement an agroforestry model that enables both agricultural and financial prosperity.
This year, in a national breakthrough, the state government of Karnataka empaneled Cauvery Calling for promoting tree-based agriculture, with over 50,000 farmers shifting to tree- based agriculture.
In India, nearly 30 per cent of fertile soils in the country have already become barren and are incapable of yield.
The primary objective of Save Soil Movement is to urge all nations of the world to mandate a minimum of 3-6 per cent organic content in agricultural soils through urgent policy reforms.
Without this minimum organic content, soil scientists have warned of the imminent death of soil, a phenomenon termed as ‘soil extinction’.
Since Sadhguru’s arrival in India, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana, and Andhra Pradesh governments have expressed their full support for the movement and for implementing the on-the-ground action.
Since the start of his lone motorcycle journey, which began on March 21 and covered Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East, Sadhguru reached Jamnagar on May 29.
During the Indian leg of the journey across nine Indian states, he has passed through Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana, New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. He is currently in Karnataka.
The movement has even received heartening support from the youth of the nation with over 15 lakh children in India having written to the Prime Minister, requesting him to act to save the nation’s soil and their collective future.
More than 65,000 students from more than 300 schools in over 25 districts of UP have written letters to the Prime Minister.
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