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American Journal of Food and Nutrition. 2020, 8(1), 12-15
DOI: 10.12691/ajfn-8-1-3
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Reviving the Spiritual Roots of Agriculture for Sustainability in Farming and Food Systems: Lessons Learned from Peasant Farming of Uttarakhand Hills in North-western India

Ishwari Singh Bisht1, and Jai Chand Rana2

1Bithoria No.1, Amritashram, Haldwani (Uttarakhand)- 263139, India

2The Alliance of Bioversity International (India Centre) and CIAT, C/o NASC Complex, Pusa Campus, New Delhi-110 012, India

Pub. Date: March 29, 2020

Cite this paper:
Ishwari Singh Bisht and Jai Chand Rana. Reviving the Spiritual Roots of Agriculture for Sustainability in Farming and Food Systems: Lessons Learned from Peasant Farming of Uttarakhand Hills in North-western India. American Journal of Food and Nutrition. 2020; 8(1):12-15. doi: 10.12691/ajfn-8-1-3

Abstract

The modern industrial agriculture is in crisis. People are questioning the quality, safety and sustainability of our industrial food system. People are also questioning the wisdom of scientific agriculture as science has eventually succeeded in taking the sacred out of farming. However, the crisis brings with it opportunities for decisive, positive change. Based on our recent studies on agri-food system dynamics of traditional small-scale hill farming in Uttarakhand state of north-western India, we could document some community LEK-based innovations that can bring sustainability in food and farming systems. The lessons learned are presented here in this communication that are expected to help create a regenerative farming system mainly by reclaiming the spiritual roots of farming and food systems.

Keywords:
sustainable agriculture regenerative farming system spirituality in farming and food systems

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