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Food Consumption in Auroville

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 sixth interview Gijs (Foodlink) gives us insight in his research into food consumption in Auroville. In the process of setting up foodlink, Gijs was interested in the amounts of food eaten in Auroville, where this food is purchased and how Auroville’s agriculture meets the demands. Conclusion; Auroville can never grow all its food in its borders as long as food habits are not changed. Next, there is not enough space to feed Auroville’s dream of 50.000 inhabitants. So how do we tackle these findings. Gijs gives his personal opinions and a quantitative insight into Auroville’s challenges in the world of food.


Comments: 0 Date: 15 Feb 2011

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.


Comments: 0 Date: 15 Feb 2011

Local Knowledge

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 Aurovilians 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 second interview Johnny (Fertile Farm) shares his view on the history of farming in Auroville with us. Where Charlie seemed to put the emphasis on economical changes among the Tamil villages, Johnny put more emphasis on how the local people showed him “how to eat, how to work the land, how to dress… Next Johnny explains how his farm evolved and what agricultural experiments seemed to work for him without being connected to the energy grid, or without the use of extensive irrigation. From local field crops, to vegetables, to an orchard back to local field crops, dairy and a vegetable garden grown under the protective cover of massive Banyan trees. As a final Johnny shares some of his critiques on Auroville’s developments and its sector based city planning with us.


Comments: 0 Date: 10 Feb 2011

Concerns on Food Habits

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 fifth interview Jeff (Discipline Farm) gives us insights to Auroville’s food habits and how it influences the goal of a self supporting Auroville. Why is ASAP important for a self supportive Auroville? And which areas should it cover? Jeff shows us that there is a lot of work to be done in the field of food production and Auroville’s awareness of the origins of food.


Comments: 0 Date: 05 Feb 2011

From Dust to Forest

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 first interview Charlie (Aurogreen Farm) gives his view on the history and challenges of farming in Auroville. Arriving in the early seventies Charlie decided to start a farm, named Aurogreen. Although at the present moment not completely in production, Charlie created a green land of forests, orchards and dairy, all produced according to organic principles. Next he gives us an insight in the developments the local peasants went through till the present day. From an rural area with villages completely dependent on there own food production did the larger Auroville developed into flourishing Tamil communities with modern needs.


Comments: 0 Date: 02 Feb 2011
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