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

 

Being foolish for a smart future

Blog entry by Reema Ganguly | June 21, 2011

“I’m a fool for forests,” chimed Darsheel Safary. His shining eyes and naughty smile beamed into the camera. It took him less than five minutes to absorb the script and without a fuss we had a perfect take. “Support Greenpeace and save...

Indian oil deal funds Arctic destruction

Blog entry by Hozefa Merchant | June 7, 2011

The powers that be in our government and the corporate influence behind it,  are all canoodling behind the scenes. They’ll soon announce a deal that’ll give Cairn Energy 9 billion US dollars to fund its Arctic destruction plans. ...

Risky potato plan mashed by activists

Feature story | May 19, 2011 at 20:15

It’s potato planting time again in the north of Sweden where activists are occupying BASF’s potato warehouse and are blocking the exit in order to hinder the German chemical company from planting the risky GMO potato “Amflora.”

Let’s plan for “Living Soils”

Blog entry by Gopikrishna SR | May 9, 2011

It is planning time again. The Planning Commission of India is in the process of developing the 12th Five Year Plan, which will provide direction to the country for the next five years starting in 2012. The news is that this time,...

Dirty data report

Publication | April 22, 2011 at 11:00

The ‘cloud’ is IT’s biggest innovation and disruption. Cloud computing is converting our work, finances, health and relationships into invisible data, centralised in out-of-the-way storage facilities or data centres.

Where there is a wrong will there will be a wrong bill

Blog entry by Kapil Mishra | April 13, 2011

Anna Hazare’s fight for the Jan Lokpal bill was supported by the entire country. Even then, the government took four days to concede to his demands. Thanks to the movement we know what the Jan Lokpal bill is and what it could have been...

बजट सत्र में सार्थक पहल, अभी लम्बा् है सफर

Blog entry by डा. सीमा जावेद | March 18, 2011

अगर हम एक तरफ जनवरी 2011 में हुए बजट पूर्व परामर्श और ग्रीनपीस की जीवित माटी अभियान के लगातार प्रयासों के नतीजों पर नज़र डालें तो इनसे बदलाव की एक सार्थक पहल साफ दिखायी दे रही है। हालांकि अभी लम्‍बा सफर बाकी है। इस बार बजट सत्र में...

They are talking soils

Blog entry by Gopikrishna S R | March 17, 2011

Finally, there is attention on soils. The Finance Minister tried to give it some importance during his budget speech. A day after the budget speech, a few concerned parliamentarians quizzed the Agriculture Minister, Sharad Pawar,...

The milk of Chernobyl

Blog entry by Aslihan Tumer | March 11, 2011

As a child, I really did not like the milk no matter how much my mother tried to put sugar or chocolate in it. I still don’t  like it much. This was a little issue when I grew up between my mother and me. Today I am a Greenpeace...

Art for a living soil

Blog entry by Usha Saxena | February 24, 2011

The sweet fragrance of the soil after the rains, the lively brown-ness of recently ploughed fields, the pleasant crunch of grit as you bite into sweet carrots and mooli , the glistening sweat on the farmer's brow, the feel of wet soil...

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