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15 Feb / 2011Program by:

A City Full Food

As a kick-off for the presentation of the Auroville Sustainable Agriculture Plan (ASAP), within the next few months, Auroville Radio presents a series of eleven interviews concerning the foods we eat in Auroville. What were the ideas in the old days of Auroville regarding agriculture and sustainable foods? Which agricultural developments did Auroville been through since the first Aurovillians started to change the dusty plains into the forest it is today? How is the present situation in Auroville’s greenbelt and what is it capable of? And, perhaps most important, what are the challenges for the future?…

…Different people, all involved in Auroville’s food sector, give their personal views and opinions on these matters from their own background…In this eighth interview Krishna (Solitude Farm) shares his opinion on the future of farming in Auroville with us. Since his growing interest in the ideas behind the permaculture of Masanobu Fukuoka eleven years ago, Krishna started to see the future of farming in Auroville differently. He began to ponder questions like the persistent food habits, favoring the exotic over the local. How does one bring back our lost connection with the environment and food production? According to Krishna these issues can be adressed in three ways. By Community Supported Agriculture (CSA in short), where consumers are more involved in the growth and distribution of their own local veg’s and, by slowly transforming public spaces into vegetable gardens and by encouraging people to grow food around their houses. This issue can be transformed with food production and will help to bring the people of Auroville together, suggests Krishna.