Remembering Dr. Narayan Reddy

IFOAM – Organics International is saddened to report the passing of Dr. L. Narayan Reddy (1935-2019). An iconic organic farmer, Dr. L. Narayan Reddy passed away on January 14, 2019 at the age of 84. For many, Dr. Narayan Reddy was a role model and an inspiration within the global organic movement.

Born into a large farming family near Bangalore, Dr. Narayan Reddy stopped using chemicals and pesticides on his farm in 1979. He strongly believed organic farming is a lifestyle that embodies the philosophy of living in harmony with nature. Though never formally educated, Reddy was known as a vociferous reader and experimenter who constantly sought to add value to the ‘knowledge’ of organic farming. Over the course of his life his scientific approaches earned him an honorary doctorate from Kannada University as well as the Nadoja Award. He was also highly articulate in several Indian languages and English, and spent more than a decade contributing to local newspaper articles and the LEISA India magazine as a columnist. His works are extremely popular amongst a wide readership.

Dr. Narayan Reddy became a well sought-after invitee for national and international seminars and policy discussions. He travelled widely both domestically and abroad for these events, ultimately interacting with thousands of farmers and NGOs. When not underway, Dr. Narayan Reddy regularly hosted visitors, from students to scientists, on his farm in rural India.

Representing a rare combination of excellence, intelligence, acumen, Dr. Narayan Reddy’s achievements have left an indelible mark in the organic farming movement. His presence in the field will be greatly missed.

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