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Only Cow-Culture can protect plants from extreme weather

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Yes, call it cow-culture or गौ-संस्कृति. It is only with the help cows, we can help our crops and man-made forests to sustain extreme temperatures.

Plants are less stressed if they have these natural microbes

With cows, we receive two extremely important prasad (प्रसाद). Essence. No, it is not milk! It is dung and urine! Let there be rivers of dung and urine flowing on our land! That is how we can live weather-proof life.

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Research


Microbes help plants survive in severe drought

http://www.washington.edu/news/2016/09/19/microbes-help-plants-survive-in-severe-drought/

With California in its fifth year of severe drought and many western states experiencing another year of unusually dry conditions, plants are stressed.

Agricultural crops, grasses and garden plants alike can get sick and die when factors such as drought and excess sun force them to work harder to survive.

Now, plants can better tolerate drought and other stressors with the help of natural microbes, University of Washington research has found. Specifically, plants that are given a dose of microbes stay green longer and are able to withstand drought conditions by growing more leaves and roots and using less water.

“Plants are less stressed if they have these natural microbes,” said senior author Sharon Doty, a UW professor of environmental and forest sciences. “They will help plants deal with environmental challenges, especially with climate change.”

पुत्रगोष्ठी : Learn Zero Budget Vegetable Farming

This is my conversation with 5 years old son. His learning diary. Old posts can be read here : http://prachodayat.in/category/kathan-diary/ or on Facebook tag https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/kathandiary?source=feed_text

After a long break, we got a chance to visit our Gau shala this week. It was great feeling to see Ocra (lady-finger) grown up so fast and healthy in last 1 month’s rain! All of them are matured now. Flowering is started. Some of them have early fruits too! Wow!

This is one vegetable that is grown across India with heavy pesticide usage and here we have Zero Budget Ocra! Yes, there are insects and pests but Cow-dung and urine based treatment is enough!

Our farmer friend and Gau-palak explained us, how to make जीवामृत!

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Jivamrut reference: http://palekarzerobudgetspiritualfarming.org/jiwamrita.aspx

Fertilizers consume Prana and kills Microbes

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Post world war-2, there was question of managing unused raw material planned for bombs. How to use it? Typical profit devil. Sell it to third world slave countries as fertilizers! Make them believe that their land can’t produce enough to feed the population and then on based on this false narrative, sell them fertilizers! And since it became profitable model, more and more money was invested in wrong direction of science.

We don’t consider (We as in Sanatana dharma followers, popularly known as Hindus) mother earth dead or mere a component in a cycle. She is alive. She breathes. She has prana. Her prana is something that decides specific part’s fertility. It is job of her son to maintain the prana of her body. We used to do it with the help of cow-dung and urine. Enough. We mastered the ecology. Just one weak point : Gullible mass and selfish leaders. We lost to market forces and ruined out golden land! 🙁

Now, read the research

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Research


“When we change the nutrient environment that plants are in, we are fundamentally altering the plant-microbiome interaction and also, importantly, the microbiome-mediated protection of natural plant/microbe interactions,” said senior author Britt Koskella, a UC Berkeley assistant professor of integrative biology.

The fertilizer effect was not the only surprise from the study, Koskella said. She and co-author Maureen Berg, a graduate student, were investigating how the density of the microbial community on the leaves affected the plants’ resistance to disease and discovered that a lower dose of beneficial microbes sprayed on the leaves was often more effective in protecting the plants from infection than higher doses. Berg sprayed leaves with an artificial microbial community composed of 12 species of bacteria taken from the natural microbiome of healthy tomatoes.

“We found that the most protective community was the most dilute, the least concentrated, the lowest dose,” she said. “This was completely nonintuitive. A medium dose gave medium protection and the highest dose was the least protective.”

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Microbes growing in hundreds of small yellow colonies on a plate of Kings Broth agar in the shape of the leaf that was previously laid on the surface to illustrate bacterial density and diversity. (Shirley Zhang photo, Koskella Lab)

“The fact that we saw this lower-dose/higher-protection effect suggests it is not as simple as just throwing on more microbes,” Koskella said. “There is a lot of work to be done understanding how to apply a plant probiotic.”

She and Berg will report their findings in the Aug. 6 print edition of the journal Current Biology; the article will be posted online July 26.

Koskella focuses on plants’ above-ground microbiomes, or the phyllosphere, a poorly understood community compared to the well-studied below-ground microbiome associated with plant roots, the rhizosphere. Researchers are finding unsuspected activity within phyllosphere microbes, including that some of the bacteria fix nitrogen from the air like root-associated bacteria. Many studies have demonstrated that microbial communities in the roots can promote plants’ nutrient uptake, growth and resistance to disease, and Koskella is investigating whether this also holds true for the above-ground microbiome.

Woven Into Visuals : Catch22 of Agri Chemicals, Fruits and Vegetables

Maximum pesticides are used to grow fruits and vegetables 😉 Catch 22.

Why Catch22?

catch-22 is a paradoxical situation from which an individual cannot escape because of contradictory rules.

Since fruits and vegetables are  prescribed by doctors as antioxidants but you cannot have it because of loaded with chemicals! Catch-22!

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Agro chemicals have tendency to act as magnet of minerals. Esp. Glyphosate . They suck minerals from soil and food. Bind and suck metals.

Reason why your food is now critical poor in minerals. Even supplements won’t work if you are eating pesticides loaded food.

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Glufosinate is as dangerous as glyphosate for our biology – not just because of its toxicity, or because of whatever else they put into the herbicide package, but also because glufosinate, like glyphosate, is an analog of (mimic of) one of the canonical twenty amino acids that are the basic building blocks of all life, from bacteria onwards to humans. Glufosinate is an analog of glutamic acid, while glyphosate is analog of glycine. Both Glycine and glutamic acids are two out of twenty amino acids that all life is made of.

More here:

Beware of GM Mustard, and glufosinate tolerant GM crops

Ditch Green Revolution, Revive Millet : Save Water & soil

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It is now evident that India never needed Green Revolution. It was all made up to sell filthy agri technology. Climate conditions and richness of weather and terrain of India was always enough to feed her subjects.

Western researchers are now teaching us our traditions (like here crop swap) so that we can recover from green revolution damage.

Despite so called ‘Revolution’, India still has nutrient-deficient population. Don’t blame population growth. Blame faulty strategies and blind surrender to Agri Tech.

India will need to feed approximately 394 million more people by 2050, and that’s going to be a significant challenge. Nutrient deficiencies are already widespread in India today—30 percent or more are anemic—and many regions are chronically water-stressed. Making matters worse, evidence suggests that monsoons are delivering less rainfall than they used to.

Now, they openly confess issues with modern chemical based agriculture.

Starting in the 1960s, a boom in rice and wheat production helped reduce hunger throughout India. Unfortunately, this Green Revolution also took a toll on the environment, increasing demands on the water supply, greenhouse gas emissions, and pollution from fertilizer.

“If we continue to go the route of rice and wheat, with unsustainable resource use and increasing climate variability, it’s unclear how long we could keep that practice up,” says Kyle Davis, a fellow at Columbia University’s Earth Institute and lead author on the new study. “That’s why we’re thinking of ways to better align food security and environmental goals.”

And what solution do they propose?

The potential benefits of replacing rice with alternative crops varied widely between different regions, depending on how much the crops could rely on rainfall instead of irrigation. But overall, the researchers found that replacing rice with maize, finger millet, pearl millet, or sorghum could reduce irrigation water demand by 33 percent, while improving production of iron by 27 percent and zinc by 13 percent.

Intelligent civilisation, living life by considering nature as mother, will never plan exotic food. Even rice is exotic for Indian regions where rain and water is not sufficient. But we do grow rice in Rajasthan and Gujarat! Pathetic! Our food was always based on local climate conditions. Now, this is what research is prescribing!

They found that rice is the least water-efficient cereal when it comes to producing nutrients, and that wheat has been the main driver in increasing irrigation stresses.

Rice couldn’t be staple food for all. Same goes with wheat! So what solution do scientists have?

Millets!

Momentum is already growing in support of alternative grains. Some Indian states are have already started pilot programs to grow more of these crops, and the Indian government is calling 2018 the ‘Year of Millets.’

“If the government is able to get people more interested in eating millets, the production will organically respond to that,” says Davis. “If you have more demand, then people will pay a better price for it, and farmers will be more willing to plant it.”

Reference: [Columbia Uni] http://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2018/07/04/india-crop-swapping-water-nutrition/

Man’s comfort, Mother’s broken cycles

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Fritz Haber (left, 1.0 Nobel prizes in 1918) and Carl Bosch (right, 0.5 Nobels in 1931) have probably had a greater impact than anyone in the past 100 years, including Hitler, Gandhi, Einstein, etc.

Yes, they invented a method to bypass soil microbes and provide nitrogen in terms of urea. One of the worse future of mankind was written by this process implementation.

Biological nitrogen fixation – essential natural cycle was disturbed. And many future generations will pay high price for it.

Today, essential nitrogen for your body does not come from soil microbes but Haber-Bosch process! 😀 प्राणविहीन Nitrogen and nitrates! 🙁

Rural India, Chemical Agriculture, Kidney Failure

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Two old notes showing how rural India will be devasted in next dacade. Some states are already failing (Punjab, Gujarat)

Note#1

Agricultural workers, working under tremendous stress of toxic chemicals, suffer from Kidney failure.

We consume what they grow. Full of chemicals. Chances are high that many of us will suffer from this lethal epidemic of kidney failure. We may not get impacted so blatantly as workers are but chances are high.

In fact, Renal failure has increasingly become visible in infants (As discussed with pediatrician Dr recently)

Why do we want to wait until this epidemic reaches our door step?

Take action now. Spend your weekend with farmers and ask them to provide chemical-free food.

Note#2

Why there are increasing number of cases of Kidney failure, Liver failure, liver Cancer, urinal tract infection?

This report may explain why.

As I said earlier, impact of chemicals in processed food or food grown by chemicals is random. How and when it will pop up in life is not in our hand.

This is the reason why we should either grow our own food or support all those farmers who are willing to grow chemical-free food for us.

And to grow chemical-free food in India, we need help from Cows. Without her, it is not difficult but impossible.


Research


CDC will explore kidney failure epidemic among agricultural workers

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched three new studies to examine a lethal epidemic of kidney failure that has killed agricultural workers along Central America’s Pacific coast and in regions of Sri Lanka, India, and Egypt.

Chronic kidney disease of unknown origin, or CKDu, has crept up on health authorities in the affected countries, affecting many poor rural communities far from research centers. India’s epidemic, concentrated in the Uddanam region of Andhra Pradesh, emerged after research into typical forms of chronic kidney disease had found large numbers of young men with the disease who had neither diabetes nor hypertension—the usual precursors of kidney failure.

https://www.bmj.com/content/348/bmj.g3385.full

Pesticide Residues In Urine Of 3-Year-Old Are 670% Higher After Eating Non-Organic Food

“The system currently used for risk assessing chemicals is suitable only for one substance at a time. There is, therefore, no approved method for making an overall assessment of the effect of multiple chemicals simultaneously (i.e. combination effects, popularly known as the “cocktail effect”). There is an awareness that this is a major shortcoming.”

Pesticide Residues In Urine Of 3-Year-Old Are 670% Higher After Eating Non-Organic Food

 

Eutrophication – Silent water pollution & Agriculture triggered Collapse

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Couple of days back, when I was traveling to farm with my son, he had peculiar observation about nearby village’s pond.

“Papa, why the water is all green! Why it looks so polluted.”

“It is all the result of greed, my dear son.”

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Few days back, there was news in social media that some lake in Bangalore was all full of foam. That is visible pollution. There is invisible pollution of water resources going on without common man’s notice.

They call it Eutrophication. Or more precisely hypertrophication, is the ecosystem response to the addition of artificial or natural substances, mainly phosphates, through detergents, fertilizers, or sewage, to an aquatic system.

The mineral components of synthetic fertilizers, however, are easily leached out of the soil. In irrigated systems, the leaching problem may be particularly acute; a large amount of the fertilizer applied to fields actually ends up in streams, lakes, and rivers, where it causes eutrophication (excessive growth of oxygen-depleting plant and algal life).

For common men, it is green so good. 🙂 🙂 Unless it pollutes groundwater with oxygen depleting conditions.

No wise culture employ in such destruction. We do. 🙂

Eutrophication kills fish and other aquatic animals by depriving oxygen and it causes by direct or indirect routes many diseases to humans.

Mono-cultured forestry : Greedy Society’s Environmental Activism

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Not sure if you came across, but I did came across govt schemes and private plans to do agro-forestry. Nothing but growing series of trees in mono-culture way, forest by definition only. On paper forest.
Mixed forests are more productive than monocultures. This is true on all five continents, and particularly in regions with high precipitation.
Reforesting strategy by GDP-driven society and govt will always be based on economic value of the trees. So, they will plant only economically valuable trees. Not only that, they will also apply mono-culture approach used in modern agriculture.
 
What is naturalized, cannot substitute natural. Simple. Period.
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Mixed forests: ecologically and economically superior

“We know of the many advantages of mixed forests,” states Professor Hans Pretzsch, co-author of the study and author of a recently released, internationally acclaimed book on the ecology and management of mixed-species stands. “Mixed-species forests are ecologically more valuable as versatile habitats. They mitigate climate change, as they mean a higher carbon sink.”

Trees in mixed-species forests are often better supplied with light, water, and soil nutrients via their complementary crown and root systems. “This makes mixed stands more resilient during dry years. In addition, they are more stable against pests and visually more appealing,” adds Prof. Pretzsch from the Chair of Forest Growth and Yield Science in Weihenstephan.

But these arguments alone have not yet managed to convince forestry management to promote mixed-species stands. This meta-analysis and overview study now shows that a prudent selection of the combination of tree species leads not only to more ecological and resilient forests, but also to greater productivity, explains Pretzsch. The study documents that mixed stands perform better in terms of productivity than monocultures, particularly in areas with favorable water supplies, such as in Central Europe.

https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/detail/article/34635/
 

Worse practices of Agriculture Business

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1) intensive tillage,
2) monoculture,
3) irrigation,
4) application of inorganic fertilizer,
5) chemical pest control, 
6) genetic manipulation of domesticated plants and animals, and
7) “factory farming” of animals

➠ These are some of the worse agriculture practices. Disastrous – for all living organisms, including the Earth.
➠ Society is paying hard earned money in healthcare bill due to such idiotic irrational industrial agriculture practices.
➠ Mother Earth’s suffering are all visible around.
➠ Current so called Nationalist govt supports all of these practices. And all blind supporters of this govt keep silence about it.

If this continues for even half decade, future generation will remember us as most foolish and selfish human generation ever.

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