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

 

The Recent Task Force Report on Application of Biotechnology in Agriculture portends...

Feature story | May 6, 2004 at 3:30

BANGALORE, India — Criticizing the sweeping recommendations of the ‘Task Force on Application of Biotechnology in Agriculture’, Greenpeace has stated that the report assumes that genetically engineered crops are the way forward for Indian...

If USA Knows, Why Don't We?

Feature story | February 25, 2004 at 4:30

NEW DELHI, India — Greenpeace stonewalled by DBT while India remains silent at Malaysia on protecting biodiversity. New Delhi/Kuala Lumpur, February 25, 2004: Even as Indian representatives maintained a stoic silence on the issue of protecting...

Indian Govt. to investigate ‘Chapati Chor’ Monsanto

Feature story | February 16, 2004 at 4:30

NEW DELHI, India — On the 16th of February 2004, the Government of India assured the Supreme Court of India that all necessary steps would be taken to investigate Monsanto’s bid to control Indian wheat.

Greenpeace India’s first consumer outreach event of the year jointly organized with...

Feature story | January 11, 2004 at 4:30

BANGALORE, India — Food for Thought

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