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Healing Herbs Nepal: Promoting sustainable organic farming of medicinal herbs

Transcendental Meditation News - UK    Translate This Article
3 April 2014

Of the two main objectives of Healing Herbs Nepal, a project of Earth Open Source, the first is to help protect Nepal's rapidly eroding biodiversity by training farmers to grow high-quality medicinal herbs sustainably and organically.

See related article: Healing Herbs Nepal: Transforming an environmentally exploitative trade

Sustainable organic farming

Regarding this objective, said Dr John Fagan, who initiated the project, the aim is to reduce wild harvesting of endangered herbs by 80 per cent. At present, of the endangered herbs selected for the project, over 99 per cent of them are wild-harvested by hand.

Training the herb collectors to farm these herbs will enable them to produce much greater quantities than they are able to pick in the forest. Thus, the necessity to collect wild herbs from the forest will be removed.

The farmers will be trained in organic methods of cultivation, both for the medicinal herbs and also for food crops in order to improve the purity and availability of food for their families.

Click here to read an Executive Summary with more information about the project.

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Source: Adapted from Transcendental Meditation News – UK

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