Each of us, whether we are farmers or eaters, faces a choice between two food systems. One is an industrial
system based on globalised cooperate control, chemicals and poisons, GMO and patent monopolies & fossil
fuels which is contributing to 75% of the planets ecological destruction, wiping out the livelihoods of small
farmers and family farms, and creating an epidemic of food style diseases. The second food system is based on
strong vibrant local economies, ecological processes that rejuvenate our soil, biodiversity, water. It is based on
the suns energy not fossil fuels from the growing to the cooking & processing of food. Organic chemical free &
fossil fuels free food systems hold the promise of generating meaningful work while rejuvenating the Earth and
addressing problems of health and climate chaos.
For 31 years Navdanya has practiced biodiversity and community centred agroecological agriculture that
enrich soils, enhances farmers incomes and increases nutrition and health.
The course on A-Z of Agroecology, Biodiversity & Organic Food Systems is an opportunity to learn from the
cutting edge ecological research combined with practical experience on Navdanya’s biodiversity farm.
*Bija -living seed, seed conversation, participatory & evolutionary breeding
*Bhu- living soil, soil food web, ecological soil fertility renewal, diverse methods of composting, soil & climate.
*Annam-living food, food and nutrition, hazards of industrial & junk food, Ayurvedic principles of food &
nutrition, cooking classes with biodiversity & forgotten foods
*Annapurna- living food economies - from extractive to circular systems, planning transitions from oil-based,
poison based systems to living food systems & interaction with local community and farmers.
Course held at: Navdanya Biodiversity Conservation Farm, Doon Valley, Uttarakhand

Followed by Celebrating Biodiversity - 2nd to 8th of October, 2018
Register at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; 0135-2693025

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About Navdanya

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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