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

 

Subsidising Food Crisis

Publication | July 6, 2009 at 16:22

After years of indiscriminate use, synthetic fertilisers are currently hampering the increase of food production in the country.

It’s anomaly reigning

Feature story | June 24, 2009 at 3:30

No doubt the monsoons are changing with the altering weather patterns. There is growing evidence suggesting that climate change is playing a significant role in altering the Indian monsoon patterns. What is not clear is how the precipitation...

No need for condoms – GE corn can do the job

Feature story | January 12, 2009 at 4:30

New research from Austria shows that a commercial strain of Monsanto-made GE corn causes mice to have fewer and weaker babies. What is this doing to human fertility?

More heavy rain, predicted

Feature story | July 30, 2007 at 12:10

Computer models of how our world will react to climate change have long predicted extreme and shifting weather patterns. More heavy rains in some areas, crippling drought in others. A new study, published this week in the journal Nature,...

One for the record books

Feature story | March 16, 2007 at 14:10

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia destroys about 51 square kilometers of forests every day, equivalent to 300 football fields every hour -- a figure, which should earn the country a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's...

Revealed: Icelandic whale in storage, landfill

Feature story | January 28, 2007 at 4:30

REYKJAVIK, Iceland — In Iceland we have discovered an unprecedented amount of the whale meat from the recent hunt has not been used. Even whaling captain Sigurður Njálsson has said the meat is unfit for domestic consumption. 200 tonnes of the...

Veteran organic agriculture scientist Mr

Image | November 16, 2006 at 10:18

Veteran organic agriculture scientist Mr.Nammalwar releases Greenpeace report, Future of Rice 2006 at a press conference in Chennai on 15 October. To his left is Tamil Nadu Farmers Association President, Mr. Chellumuthu.

Future of Rice - Executive Summary

Publication | November 15, 2006 at 4:30

This report by Greenpeace is put together by Dr Emerlito Borromeo ( PhD degree in genetics), and Dr Debal Deb ( Ph .D . in Ecology) . The report raises fundamental questions on genetic engineering in agriculture -Do these high tech rice...

Three ‘cows’ and three ‘sheep’

Image | June 13, 2006 at 12:43

Three ‘cows’ and three ‘sheep’, on behalf of 1600 dead cattle, sought an audience with the Minister of Agriculture Mr. Sharad Pawar.

Memorandum to the Agriculture Minister submitted by Greenpeace.

Publication | June 13, 2006 at 3:30

Memorandum to the Agriculture Minister submitted by Greenpeace on 13th June 2006

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