13 May 2009

Mayor of All-Organic Town to Visit NZ

The Mayor of the only city in the world where it is illegal to sell non-organic produce is starting an 11-day visit to New Zealand this weekend (Saturday May 14).

Robert G. Wynne is Mayor of Maharishi Vedic City in Iowa, USA, which has banned the sale of all non-organic food from its city in recognition of the importance of healthy food for its citizens. It has also begun construction on the first of a planned 100 acres of greenhouses in which it will grow organic produce for residents of the City and Midwest.

Dr Wynne, accompanied by his wife Maureen, will be meeting members of the Transcendental Meditation organisation in this country and hopes to discuss the issue of state schools offering TM to staff and students under the Stress Free Schools initiative. (www.stressfreeschools.co.nz)

Maharishi Vedic City is situated close to Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, and has become famous for other reasons as a community of the future:

Vedic Architecture: Every building is designed according to Maharishi Sthapatya Veda design, to promote health, happiness, and good fortune. Each building faces east and has a central silent space called a Brahmasthan and a golden roof ornament called a kalash.

Vedic Health Care: Probably the healthiest city in America, the City is the home to the College of Maharishi Vedic Medicine of Maharishi University of Management, and The Raj, America’s flagship health centre and spa based on the natural, prevention-oriented Maharishi Vedic Approach to Health.

This city, designed and carefully laid out on the town planning principles of Vedic architecture, was incorporated on July 25, 2001 by the City Development Board of Iowa and is the 950th city in the state. By such incorporation, the city obtains access to state funding, and can issue bonds and levy taxes.


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