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.

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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...

हरित खाद को बढ़ावा देने से सुधरेगी माटी की सेहत

Blog entry by डा.सीमा जावेद. Photo: © Greenpeace/Yogesh Kumar | February 16, 2011

निर्देशिका   अनुषा   रिजवी   के साथ कुछ पल जानी मानी फिल्‍म निर्देशिका अनुषा रिजवी ने पीपली लाइव बनाने के दौरान एक लम्‍बा समय खेत खलिहानों में बिताया। इस बीच उन्‍हें किसानों के सुख-दुख को बहुत करीब से देखने और उनकी...

Reviving the soil

Blog entry by Rahul Kumar. Picture: © Greenpeace / Yogesh Kumar | February 15, 2011

“It is a crime that is staring us in the face.” Anusha Rizvi, director of the film Peepli Live. Rizvi said these words at the launch of the Greenpeace report, Of Soils, Subsidies and Survival, in Delhi on February 3, 2011,...

A celebration of soils

Blog entry by Gopi Krishna | February 7, 2011

Indiscriminate use of chemi cal fertilizers over several decades has been sucking life out of Indian soils, and thereby putting the country’s food security at stake. But the government has continued to mindlessly promote chemical...

The Living Soils Report

Publication | February 3, 2011 at 15:00

Indiscriminate use of chemical fertilisers is murdering our soil and threatening our food security. It’s time to move away from them and nurture our soil the ecological way.

Konkan coast under nuclear threat

Blog entry by Lauri Myllyvirta | December 22, 2010

The Konkan coast is a beautiful and relatively undisturbed area south of Mumbai. Most people here make a living out of agriculture. The area is also known for Alphonso mango and cashews, among other things - and fishing. All of that is...

Living Soils: Concept Note

Publication | September 25, 2010 at 12:19

When you look at the soil, it may seem like lifeless clay and rocks. But in fact it is very much alive. Millions of small organisms live in healthy soil which is rich in organic matter. Some of them are big enough to see, such as earthworms and...

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