Since ancient times India has been meeting its growing demand for food and fiber through organic farming systems in which bovine animals are bred to obtain bulls that are used to provide draft power. Surprisingly and sadly this practice is slowly dying out due mass slaughtering of cows and cow family.
The solution to India’s economic challenges lies not in the abandonment of compassion towards the cow, but rather in a fundamental reordering of agricultural production systems as well as a correct understanding of cow protection.
PRINCIPLES OF COW PROTECTION
Specifically, the underlying principle of cow protection is to engage and employ bulls to work the land, implying that cows are bred only to the point where the bovine population meets the demand for draft power, rather than the demand for the byproducts, e.g., milk. In sharp contrast, raising cows for the purpose of producing milk is an egregious error — the cow will not produce milk unless it has calves, and since half will be male, the result is an excess bovine population that is costly to support. Farming practices that do not engage the bulls will essentially condemn them to the slaughterhouse, since they will have no economic value other than their meat.
The awareness that Organic yields are no where lower than those of the genetically modified crops used in conventional farming should be spread far and wide if we are to conserve our cows and culture.
In fact Organic farming is better able to withstand droughts, and is also relatively immune to the upcoming and inevitable shortages of petroleum supplies. In contrast, commercial agriculture depends heavily on petroleum-based chemical inputs, in the absence of which conventional crop yields would fall sharply.
The issue of Cow protection addresses the issues of declining soil fertility, increasing usage of pesticides for crop protection, declining ground water levels, decreasing porosity of soil, decreasing nutrition status of rural community, increasing diseased state of humans, increasing violent behavior among children, increasing consumption of imported oil, inflating oil bill and increasing use of chemical fertilizers and the resultant burden on the country.
In all to conclude if the mission of Cow protection has to bear fruit, each and every one of us and our organizations have to work together with a single minded unison of purpose. The movement/mission will be successful the day every Indian’s heart beats for the cause of Cow protection and their heart bleeds when Cows are slaughtered. When a new dawn happened on Aug 15th, 1947 we started with two companions, Satya and Ahimsa (the two crutches of Dharma) but during the last 65 years of our journey, we have sadly lost them along the way! Hope we will rethink and retrace our steps to find our lost cow population and bring back the days of original glory to our country.