World Food Prize Laureate Dr Rattan Lal said, ‘When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need’
HYDERABAD, Oct 29 (The CONNECT) – Healthy soil is equal to healthy diet is equal to healthy people equal to healthy ecosystems equal to healthy planetary process.
This was the message that World Food Prize Laureate Dr Rattan Lal gave during his keynote address to the BIO AGRI-2021 yesterday. He was awarded the Prize for developing and mainstreaming a soil-centric approach to increasing food production that conserves natural resources and mitigates climate change, says https://www.worldfoodprize.org/
In his virtual address from the US, Dr Lal said: ‘When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need’.
Consumption of healthy and sustainable diet improves health, reduces GHG missions, improves water resources and strengthens biodiversity, he pointed out.
The biggest ever Bio-Agri Conference in India began in Hyderabad with over 150 delegates from all over India and abroad are participating in the two-day meet organized by Bio Agri Input Producers Association (BIPA) with the theme of the conference is “Bio-Innovations for Regenerative Agriculture”
Dr Praveen Rao, Vice Chancellor of PJTSAU (Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University) announced that an MoU would be signed in near future between the University and BIPA for mutual cooperation and collocation.
In his welcome address, Dr KRK Reddy, President of BIPA that the Association is working towards the use of biological technology that includes but not restricted to bio-pesticides, bio-stimulants, bio-fertilisers, semi-chemicals, environmental management for sustainable Agri in India and across the globe.
Explaining the theme Bio Innovations for Regenerative Agriculture he said India is the biggest exporter of Rice. For every 1kg rice that is produced, the fields consume 5,000 litres of water. He asked: “Can’t we look at innovations to address this.”
According to Raj Agarwal, Executive Director of BIPA, the two-day Bio Agri 2021 conference is focusing on the innovations, services, and delivery systems to use and implement to bring back life to the soils, biodiversity restoration which will lead to regenerative and sustainable agriculture.
The conference is organized in the backdrop of concerns like continuous degradation of soil, growing demand for sustainable agriculture etc and others said Dr KRK Reddy, President of BIPA.
Dr John Peter another BIPA office bearer said 15% of greenhouse gases are produced because of agricultural practices and unconventional uses of chemicals.