In the first half of 2013, The Rise of New Productive Communes: A Reality by the Year 2050, a foresight article, was shared on the Visioning 2050 blog . I had shared the foresight of self-sufficient, self-contained and sustainable communes emerging, that would cause no detriment to the environment, but rather help in mitigating the damage humanity has already caused upon it. The New Productive Commune was also presented on this blog as a highly profitable model, that would be synergistic, ensuring that all needs of its each inhabitant would be more than sufficiently met. The New Productive Commune would provide a good life for the community that would reside and work within it, while contributing significantly to the larger economy or the world. The article was later reproduced on the website of Asia’s leading Futurist movement, the India Future Society.
In less than a year upon the subject first appearing on the Visioning 2050 blog, the foresight is being realised, where such New Productive Communes are on the verge of emerging. Though not quite to the extent, scale, impact or description as described in the first article on New Productive Communes that are foreseen to be in existence by 2050, the world is now very likely to see the commencement of the first commune towards that same direction and goal, before 2020.
Imagine an agricultural community or a village, that subsists entirely on agriculture supported by harnessing the merits of rearing cattle, which causes no environmental harm, contributes to enhancement of human health, produces much needed medicinal solutions to help us combat the most dreaded ailments, contributes to our longevity, alleviates poverty and is self-sufficient? Now know this, not just imagine, that between January 2014 and before the end of 2019, somewhere on our planet, perhaps even in a poor third world country, but most likely in a developing and one of the world’s most populous nations, this will be a real effort. A commune or village as such, will come into actual existence. And much of the knowledge needed to enable the creation of such a commune has already long been employed before, for a long period of time in history. The model is tested and was once commonplace across India from ancient times until just a couple of centuries ago, before it decline for a myriad of reasons. With a few modern additions and modifications resulting from newer techniques or technologies, this model is about to be revived, to bring our world closer, to the eventual widespread adoption of New Productive Communes.
India’s renowned Ayurveda Physician and Researcher, Dr. Hitesh Jani has spent a lifetime conducting extensive research in and unlocking the ancient secrets of Ayurveda, to find a cures or treatments for a host of ailments including Rheumatoid Arthritis, Asthma, Skin Diseases and Hyperlipidamia amongst others, as alternative means to Western medicine. Through the course of his career, he has found Bos Indicus, or India’s native cow species, to be an indispensable and invaluable natural source for much of humanity’s needed health solutions.
The milk from the Bos Indicus cow has specific characteristics, properties or qualities, that deter ailments from developing in human beings who consume it or its other by-products, such as ghee, butter, cheese, yoghurt and so on. The consumption enhances the human body’s resistance or natural immunity against various ailments, infections and diseases. Not only that, the consumption improve’s the human body’s chances of recovery from various ailments, therefore forming a part of dietary regimes for treatment of patients suffering various ailments, in a cost-effective and non-toxic natural ways.
Apart from milk and it’s by-products, scientific evidence has been gathered by the Ayurvedic community, that from the excrements of the Bos Indicus cow, substances can be derived or produced to create disinfectants or medicinal drugs to treat a separate variety of human health ailments and diseases including cancer.
Therefore, if the Bos Indicus cow is reared and harnessed, a whole medicinal and healthcare industry can be created around it. Additionally, the waste from the Bos Indicus cattle aids in growth of healthy food crops of any kind, supporting desirable agriculture, without contaminating the land or water systems.
According to Dr. Jani’s work and statements, the Bos Indicus is a resource that is very much untapped and overlooked today. Not only that, it is a resource that is being wasted and rapidly being lost to mankind, threatening to deny us forever of so much we have for long taken for granted. This loss is occurring, through mass slaughter of the Bos Indicus cows wherever they remain as well as due to cross-breeding that causes the genes bearing the qualities of immense health and medicinal value to us to diminish. The main human activity driving particular cow species into extinction, is its slaughter for beef, hide and leather. Going by findings of researchers such as Dr. Jani, humanity is killing our future generations, denying them elixirs of life, along with the cows.
However, Dr. Jani and a group of entrepreneurial professionals are coming together, to pool their intellectual as well as social resources to engage both rural communities and business communities to develop or rather revive the Cattle Based Economic model.
The principal idea of Dr. Jani and his colleagues, is to promote the adoption of village communities, encouraging them to rear and protect the specific Bos Indicus species of cow, and make a living from the cow by collecting it’s milk, processing it, producing it’s various by-products and selling them. The cattle’s waste, will be used by the community, in crop plantation, for both human and cattle consumption.
The cattle’s waste will also be harnessed, to produce bio-gas of “gobar gas” to produce and environmentally friendly energy source. This would allow the community to generate it’s own electricity and combustion source for cooking, effectively taking it off the grid, which is fundamental for self-sufficiency. Dr. Jani’s vision is that it needs to begin with one such village community, and then replication will follow in multiple places simultaneously. More importantly, the cattle’s waste will be processed for extracts to produce much desirable and commercially viable medicinal or pharmaceutical products, from hand-wash liquids, disinfectants to drugs. And this is where the significant draw is for major investors, for there is promise of huge financial returns.
Dr. Jani’s team has the knowledge, technology and methodology. There already is also a social and community support. They can provide the necessary management model, structure, concept, training, methodology and miscellaneous support for initiation and maintenance of a Cattle Based Economic Commune. What they need now is funding, to kick-start the first such commune that is self-sufficient using this Cattle Based Economic Model, to acquiring the equipment, the Bos Indicus cattle in critical mass and support the initial financial needs of the community that agrees to be part of such a commune project by giving up their existing livelihoods. This will not be hard to do, as a large portion of the ethnic Indian community is aware, that the Cattle Based Economic Model is what has brought them this far in existence. And if it has the potential to save their future, in terms of environmental protection and promises health security, the question really is, why not?
Many Western readers, including Scientists and economic thinkers, will laugh off this idea as something trivial, or mockingly, Cow Science. To be honest, Cow Science is exactly what Dr. Hitesh Jani and other esteemed Ayurveda professionals like him are calling it in India. Proudly so too at that. And why not, since the New Productive Communes are the way to the future, and thanks to their Cow Science, it looks like the Indians will be the ones leading the race towards its realisation.
If you would like to know more about the New Productive Communes concept, the foresight pertaining to it, the Cattle Based Economic Model or the work Dr. Jani and his team are pursuing, you may contact Stratserv Consultancy at +65 94510637.