Guest essay by Eric Worrall
India’s agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh has publicly suggested that Indian farmers should deal with the stress of climate change, and create positive energy to enhance their crop yields, by practicing “yogic farming”.
According to the BBC;
The Indian agriculture minister has said his government is supporting “yogic” farming to “empower seeds with the help of positive thinking”.
Radha Mohan Singh said it would help improve yield and soil fertility and contribute to making India prosperous.
More than 50% of India’s population depends on agriculture for a living.
But farming in India has been going through a crisis in recent years with thousands of farmers killing themselves in despair over poor harvests.
The minister’s comments follow earlier controversial statements – in July, he was criticised for his bizarre comments that farmer suicides were a result of “failed love affairs” and “impotency”.
Your first response might be to laugh at the lunacy of this suggestion, and to feel sorry for the desperate farmers who are on the receiving end of this government advice. But when you think about it, many Westerners practice a far more ridiculous form of magical thinking, by subscribing to the view that erecting lots of utterly useless wind turbines, at enormous expense, is a cost effective means of controlling global weather.
At least all that Yoga may actually have some positive health benefits, unlike wind turbines, which have been potentially implicated as the cause of serious health problems. Running a few yoga classes is a lot cheaper than erecting a field full of pointless bird choppers. So in a sense, I can’t help thinking that the Indians might be ahead of us on this issue.