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Cows and the Earth

A story of kinder dairy farming


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The story of Britain’s first dairy in modern times to run entirely without animal slaughter or the use of fossil fuels


The true story of a unique experiment to transplant Hindu values of cow protection and working oxen to the modern Western world. It all began when George Harrison donated an historic Hertfordshire manor house and 20 acres of farmland to a young community of Krishna people fresh from the city, and two cows. Thirty-six years later the experiment has grown into a carbon-free working farm in a superb set of low-tech English oak farm buildings housing fifty cows and oxen. What makes the farm unique and relevant is that it is Europe’s first dairy to run entirely without animal slaughter or the use of fossil fuels, and so fully embodies the principles of sustainable and ethical living necessary for future peace and prosperity.


‘Ranchor Prime explains the meaning behind the ancient tradition of cow protection, and its place in the 21st century environmental movement. No ecological argument can be complete without it.’ Chrissie Hynde, musician and environmental campaigner

‘The Krishna farm sets a new standard in organic dairy farming.’ Patrick Holden, director of Soil Association


After working as an environmental project manager in Britain and India, Ranchor Prime published ten books on Hindu spirituality and ecology. His books include Hinduism and Ecology, 1992, and Ramayan, A Journey, 1997. He lives in London and is a regular broadcaster and public speaker.

Market for this book

Religion, environment, natural history, social sciences, economics, self-sufficency, animal ecology, philosophy

• Preface by Chrissie Hynde, musician and environmental campaigner
• Foreword by Patrick Holden, director of Soil Association
• The only book to look at this provocative new topic
• Answers important questions about why buy organic milk?
• Linked to public launch of new farm buildings that will attract media attention
• Published alongside the AHIMSA campaign which aims to set new humane standards for milk production
• Endorsed and promoted by the Soil Association

Scope of the book

• The background: how George Harrison gave Krishna a manor house
• Why should cows be protected?
• Life on a cruelty-free farm
• What is the true cost of milk?
• The role of oxen in a future carbon-free economy

Chapter contents

1. A small patch of Hertfordshire
2. Farming for life
3. Why protect cows?
4. Bhaktivedanta Manor Farm
5. Guide to the goshala
6. The tradition
7. Four principles
8. Life on the farm
9. The real price of milk
10. Animal welfare
11. Caring for the planet

Format Hardcover 188 x 135 mm
ISBN 978-0-9561846-0-3
Pages 144 pages including 32 colour illustrations
Publisher Fitzrovia Press
Publication September 2009
Price £13.99

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