Agrohomeopathy represents a viable, nontoxic and nonpolluting alternative to using chemicals for pest and disease control, giving important advantages to farmers. It does not present any health risks to them, or to consumers. It is a practical, effective, simple and economical technique which farmers can apply in their production system, whatever it may be. It does not pollute the environment by leaving harmful residues.
Dutch homeopath, VAIKUNTHANATH DAS KAVIRAJ began his homeopathic work with plants in Switzerland in 1986 when a friend asked him to try treating a row of apple trees that suffered from bright red rust. To everyone’s surprise, the homeopathic remedy Belladonna cleared the rust leaving a much better-tasting apple than the trees had produced before. This experience inspired years of subsequent research in Australia and Europe.
In 1990 Kaviraj moved to Australia so that he could experiment on sick plants on a large scale. His snail remedy quickly took Western Australia by storm, eliminating the pest from vegetable patches across Perth within six months of becoming publicly available.
However his results with Silicea were even more significant. After just six weeks of treatment a 100 hectare area of desert retained enough water under its surface that crops were grown where they would have previously perished. The implications of this for world farming, particularly in drought-suffering parts of Australia were, and still are, enormous.
Agrohomeopathy uses the same principles of treatment as does homeopathy’s use in treating humans and animals. Treat the person/plant, not the disease/pest.
Agrohomeopathy puts the plant at the center of the treatment regime. The advantages of homeopathic treatment are similar: only one dose is usually required so it is economical in terms of labor, and cost of the remedy is negligible; only minute doses are used so there are no residue problems; no resistance develops; and finally, the plant is treated, not the disease.
When discussing control methods, an important point that even “organic” control methods miss, is that the plants are still being attacked. The plant is obviously having a problem and it needs to be treated rather than the pests and diseases attacking it. Organic farmers would go further, perhaps, and say that the soil or local environment is at fault and that these need to be addressed first. But, the plant is the organism which manifests changes as a result of soil deficiencies and provides the means of selecting suitable remedies. Agrohomeopathy does not kill the pest. It modifies the conditions in which the pest lives, forcing it to avoid the plants which have been homeopathically treated.