KARUNA’S AHIMSA FARM
There is no electricity on this land at present but Karuna hopes to secure the finances in order to install a solar and/or biogas electrical connection for two bore wells and a platform and shed for harvesting. Karuna will then start irrigating 5 to 8 acres for growing green fodder for animal feed. The rest of the land will be used for dry crops along with fruit trees.
In the meantime we fenced in the area to protect the rain fed crops from intruding cattle and wild boars and have harvested the first crop of peanuts and dahl.
In the near future the new Karuna Wildlife Sanctuary will also find its place here on approximately 10 acres next to the reserve forest.
The “HOLY COW”
India is famous for the religious concept of the “Holy Cow”. However, Karuna’s “Holy Cow” is not a religious concept. Instead, a holy cow , which is how it use to be in the past, works alongside the farmer, producing food for people – rice, peanuts, pulses, and more. This cow was not milked; she fed her calves. She did not go for slaughter. The bulls worked in the fields and pulled the bullock carts. All lived out their lives with respect.
This vision has become disrupted by the growing demand for milk, meat and leather. The animal husbandry department provides animal breeding programs and the breeding of cows and buffaloes for these industries. All this takes place under a lot of political pressure by the respective milk, meat and leather lobbies. Poor farmers are promised wonders but they end up in debt and the animals shed their abused lives in the slaughterhouse.
The bio industry in India is one of the worst in the world as rules, regulations and animal laws are not implemented and the whole business thrives on illegality and corruption.
The “green revolution” introduced fertilizers and chemical pesticides to the farmers, depleting the soil and killing the natural micro organisms needed for a healthy soil.
This has serious consequences for agricultural practices. Valuable farm practices like composting are forgotten and the heaps of cow dung have turned into household garbage dumps. Original seeds are not available anymore. The farmer depends on the commercial hybrid seeds and GM seeds. (pig genes are used for vegetable GM seeds!!!)
If and when animal dung is used for composting of large plantations it is often provided by the dairy and chicken farms. It is ploughed into the soil on which our vegetarian food is grown. The subtle energy of suffering, abuse and neglect will be absorbed by the plants from which our food is produced. Hormones, antibiotics and chemicals will do the rest to destroy our health and without knowing it we are part of a system we want to change.
Certified organic produce is not necessarily cruelty/slaughter free. The source of the compost and urine used for natural fertilizer and pesticide must be considered. Manure and urine taken from local farmers or dairy farms is not cruelty free nor slaughter free and most probably contaminated with hormones, antibiotics and adulterated feed residue.
Karuna’s organic produce is not only organic, it has the additional value of animal welfare and slaughter-free products.
The importance of the Indian “Holy Cow” becomes crystal clear in this context and also shows the meaning of ‘sathwic’ food, which provides physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing.
To produce healthy food that is good for people, animals and the earth alike, we also need the Holy Cow’s “Holy By-products” unpolluted by stress, cruelty and fear of death – HOLY DUNG.
Karuna wants special attention, protection, support and appreciation for these animals, their owners, and the by-products from the dung and urine for Ayurvedic medicine. Our lives, mentally, physically and even morally, depend on the quality of the food which is produced with their support.
Karuna supports all organic faming with compost and other byproducts from animals whose integrity is not destroyed.
Rescued Cattle at Karuna’s Ahimsa Farm
Karuna has defined the rights of the rescued cattle following our growing awareness about the rights of animals.
From the time of domestication there has been an equally beneficial bond of generosity and friendship between humans and cows for the sake of survival, food production, medicine and mutual well-being. This relationship has slowly deteriorated to misuse of power and the cattle’s abuse/exploitation for profit.
- Sufficient food
- Free movement
- The cow feeds her own calf
- Medical care
- Natural death
Buffaloes at Karuna
At Karuna, apart from the local cattle, we also have rescued buffaloes. Buffaloes are not utilized in this area for agriculture, rather only for milk and meat. Local farmers and dairies starve their male calves so that they can monopolise the cow’s milk and then sell them off to the leather industry or use them for animal sacrifice or slaughter them simply in the field.
At present Karuna cares for and maintains more than 50 young male buffaloes all of who were born here.
Karuna has decided not to continue with the milk from buffaloes as this requires buffalo reproduction. All male buffaloes in Karuna’s herd have been castrated. Karuna continues to accept rescued buffaloes.