By Neelam Jeena / New Delhi,2015-01-10,19:01:00

Sugarcane & Gur festival began in Delhi on Saturday which is aimed at creating awareness about sugarcane crisis and offer alternatives. The three month long festival which would be on in Dilli Haat, will try to involve people and farmers in conserving and protecting economy, health and ecology.

Navdanya is a participatory research initiative founded by world-renowned scientist and environmentalist Dr. Vandana Shiva, provides direction and support to environmental activism. Speaking about the festival, Maya Goburdhun, Director Navdanya said that ‘sugarcane and sugar making processes is of ancient Indian origin. This is the heritage we should be defending and promoting to solve today’s economic, ecological and health problems’. Navdanya’s founder Dr.Vandana Shiva said,”On the 100th anniversary of Gandhi’s return to India from South Africa, let us implement his perennial concept of swaraj and swadeshi in our daily lives. Gur embodies both swaraj and swadeshi, gur is good for our health, good for our farmers.”

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Navdanya means “nine seeds” (symbolizing protection of biological and cultural diversity) and also the “new gift” (for seed as commons, based on the right to save and share seeds In today’s context of biological and ecological destruction, seed savers are the true givers of seed. This gift or “dana” of Navadhanyas (nine seeds) is the ultimate gift – it is a gift of life, of heritage and continuity. Conserving seed is conserving biodiversity, conserving knowledge of the seed and its utilization, conserving culture, conserving sustainability.

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