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

 

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...

Picking Cotton: The choice between organic and genetically-engineered cotton for...

Publication | June 14, 2010 at 18:29

There is widespread propaganda that genetically-engineered (GE) crops provide the silver bullet for poverty and hunger eradication. On the other hand, recent global analyses have concluded that ecological farming - using low-cost,...

Shri SK Gautam

Image | October 26, 2009 at 16:17

Shri SK Gautam, Secretary, Department of Food Security and Agriculture Development inaugurating the consultation. The Government of Sikkim, farmers and other stakeholders of Agriculture in the State came together today to urge the Union...

Greenpeace staff member wins alternative Nobel Prize

Feature story | October 13, 2009 at 23:24

KINSHASA, Congo, The Democratic Republic of The — We are thrilled to announce that one of our staff members, René Ngongo, has today been named a recipient of the 2009 Right Livelihood award.

‘It is time for us to move against the political system and save our planet’

Feature story | September 29, 2009 at 3:30

Climate, it seems, waits for no one. So it was with filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, who was a Greenpeace volunteer for two days when he flew from sea level to the Himalayas and back, warning world leaders on climate change all the while. From the...

When the thermostat goes haywire

Feature story | August 28, 2009 at 3:30

Mumbai kids to Hillary “SOS - Stop Climate Change”

Feature story | July 18, 2009 at 3:30

MUMBAI, India — Children from the Bal Jivan Trust, who were visiting the Greenpeace Climate Rescue Station on Carter Road today, had a message for Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, United States of America, asking that the world’s biggest...

Climate Change = Water Crisis

Feature story | July 17, 2009 at 3:30

DELHI, India — 25 Greenpeace activists queued up outside the Reserve Bank of India to deposit 100’s of pots of water for safe keeping to highlight the issue of the growing water crisis fuelled by climate change. The activists unfurled a banner...

Feeding a food crisis

Feature story | July 16, 2009 at 10:54

"In the context of the nation’s food security, the declining response of agricultural productivity to increased fertiliser usage in the country is a matter of concern… " emphasised Pranab Mukherjee, Finance Minister, as the Budget session came to...

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