Agriculture in Gloria Land

  1. Derek J. Chadwick Organizer Director and
  2. Joan Marsh
  1. Manindra Pal

Published Online: 28 SEP 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9780470514474.ch10

Ciba Foundation Symposium 177 - Crop Protection and Sustainable Agriculture

Ciba Foundation Symposium 177 - Crop Protection and Sustainable Agriculture

How to Cite

Pal, M. (2007) Agriculture in Gloria Land, in Ciba Foundation Symposium 177 - Crop Protection and Sustainable Agriculture (eds D. J. Chadwick and J. Marsh), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470514474.ch10

Author Information

  1. Gloria Land, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry 605 002, India

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 SEP 2007

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471939443

Online ISBN: 9780470514474

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Keywords:

  • agriculture;
  • organic waste;
  • toxicity;
  • pesticides;
  • gloria land

Summary

A farming system has been developed on the Gloria Land farm at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram that uses purely organic materials and achieves yields comparable with or better than those on conventional farms under similar agroclimatic conditions. The stimulus for the conversion to organic farming came from observations of the toxicity of chemical pesticides and their apparent ineffectiveness in reducing the impact of pests and diseases. On the Gloria Land farm, a carefully integrated mixture of activities includes crop growing, animal husbandry, fish rearing and sericulture. Sufficient organic waste is produced to fulfill all the needs of the farm's crops. Energy is partially supplied by biogas produced on the farm. This system is economically viable and ecologically sustainable.