I thought it is worth giving a detailed answer to our reader’s timely question, which I reckon may sound interesting to many of us.
Intensive meat and dairy production is having an increasingly devastating impact on human society and the environment, according to the Meat Atlas that has been published just recently by Friends of the Earth Europe and the Heinrich Böll Foundation.
Landscape in Krishna Valley at the time of its foundation, back in 1993 was quite similar like that of outside its territory: huge areas of arable land with some tree lines. Today’s agriculture aimed at small-scale, sustainable farming has established a mosaic-structured landscape on the whole terrain of Krishna Valley, which are apparent if you take a look around you.
On the banks of the streams and ponds, lakes due to nature-friendly farming and conscious land use one may find exuberant, lush vegetation: sedged brooks, groves of alders and willows, marshland.
A few days ago I got a letter from a friend of ours, a loyal reader of our website. The question was: “Do you always dig your garden? Which side do you take in the debate on whether to dig or not to dig?” The up-to-dateness of the question inspired me to come up with a thorough answer. Here I would like to share with you the essence of our correspondence.
There is a huge misunderstanding that we have to lack fresh vegetables from the garden or tray from the balcony during winter. Naturally, we have to grow most of high-nutrient tubers and root-crops in general growing period, nonetheless, vegetables that can be produced in wintertime may be used as complement food, one that supplements our vitamin needs.
In Krishna Valley we call cattle herding quite distinctively, namely Cow Protection, indicating its sharp difference from the generally spread industrialized method of stock farming. In Krishna Valley animals are never ever slaughtered, their keeping is done with care, humanely. For instance, they are milked by hand and we are content with the amount of milk they naturally give (i.e. we do not give them artificial additives), and also cows graze on the large pastures of the Valley.
In our green household series, so far we have spoken on eco-friendly washing detergents and gels. One of the main reasons of using them is that they function in an eco-friendly way, that is to say to use these makes less damage to the environment than the use of their conventional equivalents. In the following articles of our series we will speak on the topic of water management, describing such areas like reed-bed sewage system, or the know-how of setting up a compost toilet, or the method of gathering rain water. We begin our series of articles with the topic of wastewater management.
Hemangi, our well known cook and author of several books gives us some practical advice what to eat and drink in canicular days.