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Sustainable Agriculture, Folklore and Rural Tradition Get the Benefits of Circular Economy

Updated on September 22, 2019
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The author hails from South Indian village, situated in the South-West coastal region. He is into farm science and agriculture.

Recycling of biomass in sustainable agriculture
Recycling of biomass in sustainable agriculture

Circularity

Cleanliness next to godliness is the famous proverb. However, cleaning leading to feeling fresh and neat at the same time to become economic as well, are the benefits of the circular economy.
Circular economy refers to the cyclic flow of economic values during the use of capital goods. The goods purchased after use for a certain period of time are repaired and made as true value items and reused. Once they are no longer usable, are not thrown away, but are recycled, thereby taking whatever depreciated value available out of it. Then that value is used as the base capital after adding more capital to it for buying new goods.
So, the circular economy of reuse, recycle, remanufacture and refurbish activity, by not eliminating the valuable resources, but only unavoidable wastes.
From primary school level onwards, we are studying various cycles such as water cycle, carbon cycle, nitrogen cycle, etc. Now, as far as the cleanliness is concerned, recycling is important and circular economy is connected with that.

Sustainable environment

Reduce, reuse, recycle and recover are the four Rs of a sustainable future. In the third world countries and the developed countries, there is consciousness regarding this. We want to be clean and neat always. However, in underdeveloped countries, it is a social problem.

Sustainable agriculture

In a basically agriculture-oriented developing country like India, it is very important to adopt sustainable strategies for a promising future by implementing the principles of the circular economy.

Connecting the circular economy with the recycling of biomass is the farm tradition. We grow the crops and we utilise the useful food materials and use the trash as fodder. Cowdung is used to make compost and put to the crops again, and by this the recycling becomes continuous. If our recycling is efficient and also sufficient for the crops to produce plenty of yields, then the benefits increase and requirement of external inputs are minimised. This, in the long run, provides sustainability to rural agriculture.

The tropical climate is the best for practising these things as biological activities are quicker in warmer climates, including bacterial and fungal degradation and recycling will be faster and will be complete. There are many ways of recycling of wastes are concerned with bundled environmental benefits.

Other waste recycling

Hopefully, this is the same in the case of the circular economy of many other goods also. If we see the electronic market also, reuse and refurbishment are not only reducing the costs but also helps to keep the environment less burdened with e-wastes. We invest in something, use it, reuse and recycle and then reinvest to continue the process. We sell the used items and buy new ones by utilizing the money obtained from selling.

Interestingly, most of the recycling is done by the creation of awareness to the masses. The public administration machinery with the involvement and cooperation of private individuals performs this great task. If the unorganized sector and the manpower engaged in rag picking also dedicates a great amount of toil and faces hazards in doing this task.

Tropical South Indian paddy field
Tropical South Indian paddy field
Indigenous Kasaragodian dwarf 'desi' cow
Indigenous Kasaragodian dwarf 'desi' cow
Underground bio-gas reactor
Underground bio-gas reactor
Organic biomass composting unit
Organic biomass composting unit

Circular economy of folklore tradition

If the case of folklore is concerned, neighbourhood rural residents bring in resources with a belief to the holy place. The landowner of the holy place receives the resources and presents to the folklore performer. Landowner too respects the folk deity and conduct its rituals. The folklore performer presents the performance with blessings to all. The folk deity blesses you for good and encourages you to carry out rural farming and other activities and get the benefits and wishful things. Thus, everyone gets the peace of mind, work with commitment and reap all the benefits and other associated ecological conservation happens with the routines as per tradition. Unfortunately, the present generation does not understand the science behind these beliefs. They need to be educated regarding this in a practically oriented manner to avoid this as superstition and ignore it in the future.

Traditional door frame painting for folklore in South India
Traditional door frame painting for folklore in South India

Inference

Circularity is complete and is the essence of sustainability, which can be understood by keen observation and which reduces dependency on external resources. Moreover, the circular economy is about keeping away from the excessive use of resources and overburdening nature.

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    • hmkrishna profile imageAUTHOR

      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      7 months ago from South India

      The 'cashless transaction' buzz word has made me think that why we need money so much, except for capital purchases, which can be done through digital mode as well. Thank you all for your enthusiasm building encouragements.

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      Abitha 

      7 months ago

      A much needed topic in current times when people are not only becoming more aware but consciously trying to recycle, practice a plastic free lifestyle etc. From an individual stand point to contribute better, I would love more information on how individuals households can contribute better to this backed by science and not just because it is a new rule to be enforced. Thanks Murali for the nice read.

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      Prantika Samanta 

      7 months ago from Kolkata, India

      This article is a good read and informative.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      7 months ago from New Delhi, India

      A well written, informative and thought provoking article!

      You have made some important points here and explained that well, with your first picture.

      Was reminded of one of my science lessons at school. It’s important to use our natural resources judiciously.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Digital Writopreneurs Hub 

      7 months ago

      You are going in the right direction Murali. Your article is serving the purpose. Sustainable agriculture is the need of the day.

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      Naveena Krishna 

      7 months ago

      Very good article on agriculture circle...

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      Liz Westwood 

      7 months ago from UK

      This is an interesting article, which is very relevant at this time when the environment and its preservation is high on the global agenda.

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