I am convinced that in farming, management methods which are not environmentally benign and integrated will not be economical and sustainable.
After retiring from the Indian army, Gorur Gopinath turned to farming – and almost went broke. Recognizing the harm inflicted by modern chemical agriculture, he developed a low-cost, natural system for cultivating mulberry trees for silkworm
production, to restore the damaged rural landscape. His farm at Karnataka has become a beacon for sustainable silk production and his “farming with nature” message has inspired and enhanced the livelihoods and health of thousands of
Indian farming families.<br><br>"Few of us realize the havoc that modern agricultural practices are wreaking on our countryside," he says.<br><br>Since winning his Rolex Award, Gopinath has developed several
businesses, founding a charter helicopter service and, in 2003, launching India’s first budget airline. The French government made him a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur. His passion for farming is undiminished and he still visits
his farm regularly. He is particularly proud that Raju, an uneducated boy whom he initially employed, at age 15, to help on the farm, is now its supervisor.