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

 

Giving up on GE: Greenpeace exposes truth about Bayer's 'Crop Science'

Feature story | November 15, 2004 at 4:30

BANGALORE, India — In an admission of immense significance to the entire genetic engineering (GE) industry, Bayer Crop Science has conceded to Greenpeace India that all its projects on genetically engineered (GE) crops have been ‘discontinued.’...

Extreme weather warnings

Feature story | September 9, 2004 at 3:30

Hurricane devastation in the US, flash floods in Japan and a UK village washed into the sea. As climate change gathers pace, devastation caused by extreme weather is becoming more common. Take a visual tour of storm and flood destruction.

Greenpeace welcomes the SCMC's directives on Eloor

Feature story | August 25, 2004 at 3:30

KOCHI, India — Greenpeace welcomes the stringent directives of the 'Supreme Court Monitoring Committee on Hazardous wastes' (SCMC) that will help arrest and mitigate the impacts of industrial pollution in Kerala. Implementation of these order...

International Conference Delegates Confirm Greenpeace Stand: GMOs Out of Control

Feature story | August 13, 2004 at 3:30

NEW DELHI, India — A three-day conference on ‘Ushering in the Second Green Revolution’ co-organized by FICCI, ISAAA and MSSRF, ends in the capital today. Greenpeace, in its role as environmental watchdog, has kept a finger on the pulse of the...

Gene Revolution No Laughing Matter

Feature story | August 10, 2004 at 3:30

NEW DELHI, India — 10th August 2004, New Delhi: Greenpeace activists were the first to greet delegates arriving at the FICCI auditorium this morning for the inauguration of the three-day conference 'Agricultural Bio-technology - Ushering in the...

GE papaya scandal in Thailand

Feature story | July 27, 2004 at 3:30

KHON KAEN, Thailand — We warned the Thai government over a year ago not to play with genetically engineered (GE) papaya but they didn't listen. Although trials of the engineered food crop are banned, it seems they couldn't resist having a go...

Greenpeace Thai activists seal off the GE

Image | July 27, 2004 at 3:30

Greenpeace Thai activists seal off the GE papaya at the Khon Kaen agricultural research station of the Department of Agriculture.

Saving Argentine forests from destruction

Feature story | July 26, 2004 at 3:30

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The Greenpeace Jaguars are leaping into action: activists on motorbikes are stopping bulldozers from destroying forest lands in Salta, Argentina. Cyberactivists around the world are picking up the phone and calling the...

Canadian Farmer loses case against Monsanto’s contamination of his crop: Decision...

Feature story | May 26, 2004 at 3:30

CANADA, Canada — In a 5-4 decision, the Canadian Supreme Court has held that Mr. Percy Schmeiser, a Canadian farmer whose crop was contaminated by Monsanto’s GE canola fields near his own farm, had violated Monsanto's patent by planting seed from...

Swaminathan panel recommendations on biotechnology flawed and dangerous

Feature story | May 6, 2004 at 3:30

BANGALORE, India — 6 May, 2004, Bangalore: 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...

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