we invite you for an organic lunch celebrating the harvest festival known all across India as Baisakhi, Bihu, Vishu, etc. This biodiversity rich meal celebrates India’s rich biodiversity and cultural diversity and is also a commitment to protect, defend and rejuvenate diversity for ecological sustainability, public health, peace and harmony. For only when we eat diversity, we get health and taste at the same time.
Over the 30 years Navdanya, has worked with millions of organic farmers across India to conserve biodiversity and save biodiversity heritage of India. Our work proves that Jaivik/Organic farming can feed two Indias (Health per acre) providing enough nutrition to each and very Indian. We can created biodiversity based solution to malnutrition, hunger and the disease epidemic while at the same time increase farmers’ incomes ten fold (Wealth Per Acre). But also through biodiversity based farming we can reverse the water and the climate criss and while ensuring sustainability for the planet and generations to come. Navdanya campaign Annam on ‘Food as Health’ is based on the regeneration, because without diversity there is no is health.
India’s rich cultural diversity is rooted in diversity visible in our culture and in our food too.
But this moment or Baisakhi is sadly also the anniversary of the horrendous Jallianwala Bagh massacre, in which hundreds of Indians were killed in cold blood by General Dyer. On the harvest festival of Punjab, he ordered the butchering of unarmed Indians. We will also pay respects to the martyrs.
This lunch is part of our satyagraha Yatra which begins 13th April from Meerut and ends on the site of the Salt Satyagraha in Balasore. On the occasion of 160 years of the first war of Independence 1857, 100 years of the Champaran Satyagraha, and 30 years of the Bija Satyagraha, Navdanya along with other organisations is celebrating this momentous time by embarking this yatra to rekindle the spirit of Swadeshi, Swaraj and Satyagraha through India. Through this yatra we will remember the sacrifices of our countrymen and lay the foundation for a new freedom from poisons in our foods, hunger, debt and farmers’ suicide. We shall also pledge to make in the next 30 years, at the time of the 100 years of our freedom movement, to create Jaivik Bharat 2047, which is free of poisons, debts, malnutrition & disease.
Join us to celebrate our diversity, and sowing the seeds of a new Freedom movement
Dr Vandana Shiva & Navdanya Team
Founder & Director
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