On May 6th 2019, Dr. Ariane Krause and Franziska Häfner of the program area “Horticultural Systems of the Future” (HORTSYS) invited to the symposium “Multiple perspectives on circular economies & horticulture: Learning from & about Indian natural farming”. The director of the institute, Prof. Dr. Eckhard George, first welcomed the numerous guests. This was followed by a series of short lectures on the subject. Ariane Krause began with a lecture on ongoing research projects at the IGZ, which aim to increase sustainability in horticultural production systems through nutrient recycling. This was followed by Dr. Mrinalini Kochupillai of the Technical University of Munich who discussed what the EU can learn from the Indian experience regarding their political framework to natural agriculture. Jasper Matthiessen & Karthik Jeganathan of the Arts of Living Foundation spoke about the experiences and the scientific background of the traditional Sri Sri Natural Farming principle in modern Indian agriculture. Julia Köninger of TU Munich spoke about future fertilization strategies in European and Indian agriculture. Dr. Daniel Münster of the University of Heidelberg concluded the round of lectures with insights into his ethnographic work on the Indian agricultural principle of “Zero Budget Natural Farming”. After a tour of the institute, during which the guests were able to gain an insight into the work of IGZ, the participants met in the afternoon to discuss future research questions and possible cooperation with a view to future EU calls. Already in December 2018 scientists from different disciplines met with representatives from practice, industry and ministries for a symposium on “Nutrient Cycling for Circular Economies”. We are pleased about the renewed interest in the dialogue on nutrient recycling, environmental services and horticulture and plan to continue this series of symposia.
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