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New Africa youth gardens echo Maharishi's poverty removal programme
by Global Good News staff writer

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21 February 2014

Press reports indicating improving trends in the quality of life around the world were highlighted in a recent presentation at Maharishi European Research University (MERU) in the Netherlands.

One article cited was a United Nations agency report, 'Africa youth gardens open opportunities to decent jobs, dignified life', which circulated widely in the international press.

'Family farming is an important path for inclusion for millions of poor rural communities and is especially important for women and youth, the head of the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) said, hailing the expansion of a youth garden in Africa as a vital way to promote health and sustainability,' the article stated. 'His observations were made in Milan where the Italy based Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity Project has outlined a plan to help African youths plant 10,000 food gardens. The project, headed by FAO, has so far led to the planting of 1,000 gardens in 38 countries.'

This project is in line with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's programme to eliminate poverty in the world, explained Dr Peter Swan, an expert in Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture. Maharishi's programme is designed to turn the 'dust of the earth' into a source of wealth for a nation. Every country, he said, has land and can grow healthy food to feed their people, and export the rest for profit.

A different facet of this trend of improving quality of life can be seen through the timely exposure of wrongdoing, Dr Swan commented. Another category of press reports has been bringing to light much sooner than in the past, unsustainable environmental and business practices, as well as corrupt influences on government.

One example Dr Swan cited was a report issued by SomeOfUs, a worldwide organization that works for, among other things, a better quality environment and for preventing pollution. The report exposed a major international corporation for damaging practices in its palm oil supply chain. The company and its partner, which controls over one-third of global palm oil trade—and had been named by Newsweek 'the world's least sustainable corporation'—have now taken steps to change their practices. Bowing to pressure through the media, both companies are now committed to stopping deforestation in their supply chain.

The fact that the press is spreading news of potentially disastrous activities before they are widely implemented, or that it can put pressure on large companies through reports exposing their unsustainable practices, is an expression of the principle in Maharishi's Vedic Science—'Averting the danger before it arises', Dr Swan said.

In another example of this principle, he cited an article published in February in the British newspaper The Independent, titled 'Revealed: Big Pharma's hidden links to NHS [National Health Service] policy, with senior MPs [members of Parliament] saying medical industry uses ''wealth to influence government'' '. The article reported that the British government had given pharmaceutical companies too much authority, allowing lobbyists and company executives to 'write a draft report which could help shape future health policy'. Dr Swan commented that in previous eras this kind of corruption may have remained hidden, but with the changing time we hear about these irregularities much earlier.

Both kinds of reports, he said, reflect rising coherence in collective consciousness as a result of more and more people practising Transcendental Meditation and its advanced programmes around the world.

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