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A spiritual teacher from India is on a 100-day roadshow for different cultivations. More humus instead of chemicals in the soil and less meat consumption is the message he wants to pass on to people on the 30,000 km journey.


Jagadish “Jaggi” Vasudev, named Sadhguru, drives 30,000 km to protect the soil. He wears motorcycle clothes in his BMW six-cylinder. (Photo: Scott Ferguson/Wikimedia Commons)

“Sadhguru” is an honorable title. It means something like “true teacher” or “truth expert”. The man who wears it is a well-known Indian yoga teacher. But that’s not why it made international headlines.

But because the 65-year-old with the distinctive white beard is on a 100-day, 30,000-kilometer motorcycle ride through 26 states to announce his mission to “save the soil” in capitals and major cities.

He wants to “disturb” people, he says – to prevent the foundations on which man is nourished and thus the “health of the earth” from being trampled upon. To avoid catastrophe in this area that has become more visible.

On his tour, which began on March 21 and traveled from the UK to India, Sadhguru will meet with representatives from politics, science, environmental organizations and other interest groups to urge policies to protect soils.

It currently stops in Abidjan, the coastal city of Ivory Coast in West Africa. There he takes part in the summit of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), which began on Monday. The teacher is also required here. After all, he appeared at the conference as one of the main speakers – in front of government delegations from 195 countries.

The Sahara Convention Secretariat recently published a report documenting the tragic situation of soils around the world. According to this, about a third of the area is already degraded, mainly due to improper cultivation. By 2050, that may be the case 90 percent if no change is made.

The UN summit, already the 15th under the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, aims to motivate countries to take concrete action against further soil destruction and “devastation” in areas.

Countries should ensure a minimum content of humus

Sadhguru, whose real name is Jagadish Vasudev, is a well-known man in India. He is the founder of the Isha Foundation, which offers yoga programs worldwide, and is a bestselling author and recognized by India today A list of the 50 most influential people in the country.

He has spoken at events such as the World Economic Forum in Davos or before the British House of Lords. His foundation is also involved in social and environmental initiatives. Not everyone thinks the projects make sense, there is also criticism of Sadhguru’s ideas, which seem to align better with the nationalist conservative Indian Prime Minister Modi than many NGOs.

Sadhguru himself has spoken of hostilities by individual activists and notes that his projects are supported by the United Nations and some governments. This also applies to his latest project, “Save Soil Movement”.

And their main goal is: States must ensure that agricultural soils contain a minimum of three to six percent organic matter, that is, rich in humus. This will keep them alive and productive, improve food and water security, mitigate climate change and protect biodiversity.

So far, Moallem says, most government ministries of agriculture have treated soil as some kind of dead matter. This should be fertile using chemical fertilizers and then yield. But this is the wrong approach. In the past 40 years, 40 percent of the world’s topsoil has been lost.

In a few decades, the floors will be depleted

According to the United Nations, the soil was only sufficient for 80 to 100 crops, that is, 45 to 60 years of arable farming. “After that, we will not have the land to produce food,” Al-Hindi said.

In fact, healthy soil is a well-developed living system, Sadhguru says. It can be replanted. For example, by accumulating humus, reducing livestock and the resulting free farmland, “tree-based” agriculture, “fruit-based” nutrition and, as the teacher comes to the fore, the creation of a “conscious planet”.

Of course, the man who ran a poultry farm and construction business before his career as a teacher and also worked on farms is not a supporter of a complete abandonment of fertilizers and pesticides.

If you stop the agrochemicals now, the yield will drop to 25 percent. This would be the worst catastrophe that could unfold on the planet.” However, in the long run, more humus also results in fewer possible chemicals.

And that of all things he goes on a road trip for his green cause with a motorcycle? The teacher of truth is very realistic. The interviewer asks: “Would you like that at the age of 65 I could cycle 30 thousand kilometers?”

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