At the United Nations today, diplomats and foreign policy experts know that everything in life must be balanced (a principle we emphasize in guided meditation). People of all countries need to be nourished in mind and in spirit, but also, quite critically, in body. That is why an official at the UN is asking scientists to help mitigate poverty and hunger in developing countries.
"One of the great challenges we have today is to use academic knowledge to understand and improve the life of rural populations throughout the world," said Graziano da Silva, director-general of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization. "To do so, we need to look at the reality outside of university walls," he added.
In an address to the World Congress of Rural Sociology, delivered in Lisbon, Portugal, da Silva pointed to several factors that health scientists may consider when trying to revitalize food production worldwide. These included the security of foodstuffs, nutritional insufficiencies, the safety of certain products and the unfair advantage enjoyed by large farming groups over small or solo farms.
Clearly, the world needs help attaining not only peace of mind, but also nourishment of the body. The UN is asking scientists to help, while Eastern philosophers and meditation experts are doing their part to help humanity reconnect mind and body.