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

 

"Smart" breeding, where science and farmers' knowledge meet

Publication | October 28, 2014 at 16:25

GE crops are very limited in sophistication, being almost completely dominated by herbicide tolerance and insect resistance traits. Could the numerous tools of biotechnology deliver better outcomes? This report tries to answer that question.

Impact of Water Resources Projects-Case Study Wardha

Publication | August 8, 2012 at 16:30

Vidarbha region in Maharastra has a long history of under development. Many measures to offset the agrarian crisis in the region like the Prime Minister's debt relief assistance in 2006 has focussed extensively on developing assured irrigation...

Genetically engineered Bt brinjal and the implications for plant biodiversity - revisited

Publication | May 3, 2012 at 9:00

Concerns over the commercial release of genetically modified (GM), Bt brinjal, also called aubergine or talong, relate to biosafety. One major concern is the potential for transgene flow from Bt brinjal to wild, weedy and cultivated relatives. As...

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.

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.

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,...

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.

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...

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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