A “Soilmate” for the Dalai Lama

May 15, 2014

WADDINXVEEN, The Netherlands, May 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –

Dalai Lama endorses Save Our Soils campaign

On Monday 12th May the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet, accepted a
“Soilmate” that was offered to him by Volkert Engelsman, CEO of Eosta/Nature & More and
initiator of the international Save Our Soils campaign. The event took place at the
‘Education of the Heart’ symposium in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The Dalai Lama confirmed
that saving fertile soils should be one of the prime concerns of mankind and later called
on the youth in the audience to help with this task. The United Nations have proclaimed
the year 2015 as the International Year of Soils.

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Already in 2002, the Dalai Lama acknowledged that soil erosion may be a bigger threat
to mankind than the destructive power of weapons. “There are other almost imperceptible
changes – I am thinking of the exhaustion of our natural resources, and especially of soil
erosion – which are perhaps more dangerous still, because once we begin to feel their
repercussions it will be too late” the Dalai Lama stated in The little book of inner

As Volkert Engelsman handed over the Save Our Soils campaign symbol, a box of organic
tomatoes with compost and basil seeds, he thanked the Dalai Lama for his early stance on
saving soils: ‘Restoring life in soils on a large scale will require a journey of kindred
souls. Thank you for guiding us on this journey and for being a true soilmate!’ The
spiritual leader smilingly accepted the gift and stated that compassion is needed for our
living environment. Volkert Engelsman was one of the speakers in the symposium, which
explored the mind shift that is needed in education to achieve a more sustainable world.

The Save Our Soils campaign aims to make consumers aware of the need for saving
fertile soils worldwide. The campaign was initiated by Eosta, a leading European
distributor of organic fruits and vegetables, together with the FAO and more than 60
international partners. Vandana Shiva is the international campaign ambassador. Currently
30 football field of soil are lost every minute due to soil degradation, UN reports have

See also: http://www.saveoursoils.com and http://www.natureandmore.com.





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