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US: Update on Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture in Maharishi Vedic City
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6 November 2007
Dr Robert Wynne, Raja (Administrator) of Central Vedic America for the Global Country of World Peace, was recently interviewed about Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture in Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa, and nearby Maharishi University of Management (MUM) in Fairfield.
Dr Wynne, who is also the Mayor of Maharishi Vedic City, was interviewed by Dr Peter Swan, Minister of Communication for the Global Country of World Peace.
Dr Swan: Are Maharishi Vedic City's crops producing enough to feed the entire university and the Vedic Pandits [a special group of Vedic Pandits from India residing in Maharishi Vedic City]? What is the production scale compared to the Maharishi community's needs?
Dr Wynne: MUM feeds at least 1,000 people daily with food from their own one-acre [.4-hectare] greenhouse and some 15 acres [6 hectares] on which they grow vegetables during the summer and fall. During the months that it is too cold to grow food here in Iowa, we were importing it from California. Now we are starting to produce winter crops on our own land in California, Florida, Kansas, and Missouri, and transporting them here. This will sometimes save fuel costs; and it will enable us to wait until the food is ripe, with its full nutrient value, before picking it. 'Here we like to say, pick when ripe—the nutrition is maximum—and then eat it that same day or the next day.'
For the Vedic Pandits, Dr Wynne said, they have 'started to grow a lot of the vegetables and grains that the Pandits are used to in India' and flowers for them to use in their Vedic performances, because it is difficult to get commercially grown flowers that do not have pesticides on them. In the winter months we will also be growing and transporting these foods and flowers from our organic lands in other states for the Pandits and the whole community.
In addition, Maharishi Vedic Organic Honey and other products 'are grown anywhere in the world as part of our worldwide agricultural initiative, [and] can also be imported here because everything that we want, whether it is a piece of fruit, a vegetable or a grain, we have the lands that can grow that.' Dr Wynne said that the agriculture project also ships to some 50 customers—restaurants, hotels, universities, and stores in Chicago, Wisconsin, and Missouri, as well as to local cities in Iowa. We prefer shipping directly to the customer on the same day or the day after the produce is picked, because distribution centres want food a little firmer [less ripe] to give them a few more days to get it to their stores.
'So we have 3 acres [1.2 hectares] of greenhouses here. They grow the flowers, they grow crops year round, and for the last three years they have had crops every winter in our Maharishi Vedic City 2-acre greenhouse. We will continue to do that, we'll continue to cater to the market, and we'll start to have groups around the country grow other specialized products that we can't grow here, in order to serve our community.'
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