Reviving our soils

Greenpeace India’s campaign against chemical fertilisers is also a campaign to bring our soils, destroyed by intense chemical fertiliser usage, back to life. The government through its policies to subsidise and promote chemical fertilisers has played a major role in bringing the situation to this extent. In fact the subsidies to chemical fertilisers, which is Rs. 50,000 crore this year and had gone as high as 1,00,000 crore in 2008-09, is the single largest financial support that our government gives to agriculture every year.

Through this campaign we are trying to expose the contradictions in the government’s policies which on one hand promise agricultural prosperity and food security and on the other kills our soils and threatens the sustainability of our farming. We are also building a powerful network of civil society organisations and farmer movements across the country that will collectively fight for a shift in paradigm of our agriculture.

Campaign Story:

Greenpeace India launched “Living Soils”, a nationwide campaign with a call to implement government policies to save soils from the harmful impacts of chemical fertilizers. This campaign assumes significance in the context of the Central Government acknowledging the agrarian crisis due to soil degradation and initiating a reform in its fertilizer subsidy policy. The campaign plans to organise a series of social audits in selected districts of Assam, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab and Karnataka.

As part of the campaign we are demanding that the government

1. Creates an alternate subsidy system that promotes ecological farming and use of organic soil amendments.

2. Shifts the irrational subsidy policy for synthetic fertilisers to sustainable ecological practices in agriculture.

3. Re-focuses scientific research on ecological alternatives, to identify agro-ecological practices that ensure future food security under a changing climate.

The latest updates

 

Greenpeace exposes Government-Monsanto nexus to cheat Indian farmers

Feature story | March 3, 2005 at 4:30

NEW DELHI, India — One day before Bt Cotton comes up for review before the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC), Greenpeace and Sarvodaya Youth Organization released the two versions of a report prepared by the Joint Director of...

Invasion of the forest snatchers

Feature story | January 20, 2005 at 4:30

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — UPDATE: Join Greenpeace and Jose Bove in action against arrival of GE Soy in France. In the science-fiction classic, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, alien plants with destructive clone-manufacturing world-domination...

Sarpanch demands immediate action from the Chief Minister on Greenpeace Report

Feature story | November 19, 2004 at 4:30

HYDERABAD, India — The results of the Greenpeace Health Survey prompt the Sarpanch of Khazipally Village to demand immediate action from the government.

Giving up on GE: Greenpeace exposes truth about Bayer's 'Crop Science'

Feature story | November 15, 2004 at 4:30

BANGALORE, India — In an admission of immense significance to the entire genetic engineering (GE) industry, Bayer Crop Science has conceded to Greenpeace India that all its projects on genetically engineered (GE) crops have been ‘discontinued.’...

Extreme weather warnings

Feature story | September 9, 2004 at 3:30

Hurricane devastation in the US, flash floods in Japan and a UK village washed into the sea. As climate change gathers pace, devastation caused by extreme weather is becoming more common. Take a visual tour of storm and flood destruction.

Greenpeace welcomes the SCMC's directives on Eloor

Feature story | August 25, 2004 at 3:30

KOCHI, India — Greenpeace welcomes the stringent directives of the 'Supreme Court Monitoring Committee on Hazardous wastes' (SCMC) that will help arrest and mitigate the impacts of industrial pollution in Kerala. Implementation of these order...

International Conference Delegates Confirm Greenpeace Stand: GMOs Out of Control

Feature story | August 13, 2004 at 3:30

NEW DELHI, India — A three-day conference on ‘Ushering in the Second Green Revolution’ co-organized by FICCI, ISAAA and MSSRF, ends in the capital today. Greenpeace, in its role as environmental watchdog, has kept a finger on the pulse of the...

Gene Revolution No Laughing Matter

Feature story | August 10, 2004 at 3:30

NEW DELHI, India — 10th August 2004, New Delhi: Greenpeace activists were the first to greet delegates arriving at the FICCI auditorium this morning for the inauguration of the three-day conference 'Agricultural Bio-technology - Ushering in the...

Greenpeace Thai activists seal off the GE

Image | July 27, 2004 at 3:30

Greenpeace Thai activists seal off the GE papaya at the Khon Kaen agricultural research station of the Department of Agriculture.

Greenpeace Thai activists seal off the GE

Image | July 27, 2004 at 3:30

Greenpeace Thai activists seal off the GE papaya at the Khon Kaen agricultural research station of the Department of Agriculture.

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