In 1959, in order to escape persecution by the occupying Chinese, Tibetans left their sacred homeland and settled in India. Immediately, Tibetan farmers adapted their practices, imitating the green revolution techniques used by their Indian neighbors.
In 2000, faced by growing evidence that green revolution farming practices were unsustainable, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Prime Minister of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), the official government of all Tibetans, challenged farmers to adopt organic farming practices.
In 2005, the CTA invited Dr. Jonathan Scherch and Lobsang Tsering to engage with Tibetan farmers and help them envision a compassionate, ethical, and sustainable farming future.
Subsequently, Dr. Scherch returned for further collaborations in 2007 and 2009. Read about his visits.