Writer and ecologist Rachel Carson grew up not far from where I live. In her 1962 book Silent Spring, she warned about the effects of pesticides and called for new policies to protect humans, animals and the land. A lot of water has gone under the bridge since then, but not much has changed.
In 1999, Consumer’s Union in the U.S. reported that a single serving of some fruits and vegetables exceeded the toxic level of pesticides set by the government.1 This was based on an analysis of 27,000 food samples. Apples were found to have the second highest level, negating the old expression, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”.
Farm workers who apply pesticides and those who work in the fields are also exposed to dangerous chemicals. These substances can also poison ground water, harm wildlife and kill pest predators and bees. The final insult is that these chemicals cost tens of billions worldwide
and drive up the cost of produce.2
Genetically modified plants are not the answer, as they open a Pandora’s box of other problems. Most genetically engineered drops are created to make plants resistant to herbicides, allowing even more herbicides to be used. In addition, since GM seed is patented, the farmer no longer owns the fruits of his own labor.
Alternatives exist for a sustainable agriculture that would allow us to produce healthy food without damaging the ecosystem. Organic and Biodynamic farming methods use manures, composting, crop rotation and biological pest control in place of chemicals and synthetic fertilizers. One method of biological pest control uses natural enemies to control insects and weeds.
In this issue we explore yet another option, Agrohomeopathy, which has the potential to transform agriculture, preserve the land and wildlife, and save billions in costs.
We interview V.D. Kaviraj, author of Homeopathy for Farm and Garden. He’s one of the pioneers of this nascent science, who’s travelled the world and spent years researching how to heal plants with homeopathy. He gives us insights into prescribing for plants, plant miasms, using remedies instead of pesticides and herbicides, and how all this could create a new economy.
We also interview Mark Moodie, a long time proponent of Agrohomeopathy who has set up an interactive website with a materia medica and repertory for plants. Readers can add their own research to this collective effort.
In this issue you’ll find numerous articles on Agrohomeopathy by researchers such as Fabricio Rossie, Radko Tichavsky , Glen Atkinson and Dr. Niurka Menses Moreno. You’ll also get to preview V.D. Kaviraj’s new book, Agrohomeopathy, Symbiotic Relationships.
You’ll learn from Dr. P. Devokta that Nepal had a homeopathic hospital as early as 1953, has a homeopathic medical college and even clinics in remote areas.
There are cases, cartoons, Tips and Secrets, a book review, Elaine’s famous quiz and much more. Find a comfortable chair, a cup of cocoa
and enjoy this issue with us. Later, write to us at [email protected] and let us know what you think.
Alan V. Schmukler
Homeopathy for Everyone