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Why we need to go back to Organic Farming

मधुमतीरोषधीर्द्याव आपो मधुमन्नो भवत्वन्तरिक्षम् ।
क्षेत्रस्य पतिर्मधुमान्नो अस्त्वरिष्यन्तो अन्वेनं चरेम ॥३॥
[May the Plants be Sweet (i.e. filled with Nature's Purity), may the Sky be Sweet (i.e. filled with Nature's Purity), may the Waters be Sweet (i.e. filled with Nature's Purity), and may the Space be Sweet (i.e. filled with Nature's Purity) to us.
May the Lord of the Kshetra (Field) be Sweet to us, and may we be devoted Followers of Him (i.e. take recourse to Nature's Bounty and Prosper).]

In ancient India, humans, animals, trees and agricultural fields were inseparable and harmonious components of a single system. The village household looked after the trees on their fields and also contributed to the maintenance of the community grazing land. They looked after animals owned by them, sometimes with the assistance of a grazing land, and cultivated their fields with or without sharecroppers.

Organic farming was the use of biomass to increase, improve and maintain the soil fertility that increased the crop production. Biomass is the amount of organic material present in a community or population at given time. Biomass includes every organic matter i.e. crop residues, farm yard waste, leaf litter, animal manure and weeds.

In organic farming, the vegetable production was done by using natural resources like cattle dung, composts, green manure etc. This not only improved soil condition but also gave a chance to animals to grow and thrive. Crop wastes or even animal wastes can be recycled for improving the fertility of the soil.

If we consider all the implications around farming, we can realize that farming is one of the very superior and rich form of art in the living world.

Generations of our farmers and herders have developed complex, diverse and locally adapted agricultural systems, managed with time-tested, ingenious combinations of techniques and practices that lead to community food security and the conservation of natural resources and biodiversity. These microcosms of agricultural heritage exist all over India, providing ecological and cultural services and preserving traditional forms of farming knowledge, local crop and animal varieties, and socio-cultural organization.

The residue of fertilizer and pesticides seeped into the water table causing disease like cancer and genetic deformities.

The fertility of soil depends on microorganisms living in it. Application of Vermicompost and organic manures enhances the activity of microbes. Various microorganisms and earthworms enrich the soil mycoflora. These system represent the accumulated experiences of peasants interacting with the environment using self-reliance and locally available resources. These agro-ecosystems have allowed our traditional farmers to avert risks and maximize harvest security even in uncertain and marginal environments, using low levels of technology and inputs.

The amazing thing is we simply dumped all this valid and priceless knowledge on the grounds that it was out of date, to be replaced for the better by Western science which we felt was superior.

We were told that by subscribing to imported agricultural technology, we would be adopting entirely new knowledge and production levels which would give us better yields and therefore we were invited to discard our indigenous knowledge as no longer required, like some old typewriter.

However, we know now that the introduction of new varieties which did not have the benefit of close adaption to the environment and were also grown as monocultures, required the use of pesticides, and eventually led to the contamination of food. No one would ever claim that foods grown by the older methods contained poisons! That is a claim, however, it is difficult to refute with the crops raided by modern agriculture, and especially the latest gadgets we call GMOs.

How is it that for the last 30-40 years we got sucked into this chemical way?

The State wanted more grain production. It started brainwashing the people. People were given fertilizers practically free, or at heavily subsidized rates. Production increased however the soil could not rejuvenate itself and as a result the farmer added more fertilizers in the hope for better produce and the land suffered. The residue of fertilizer and pesticides seeped into the water table causing disease like cancer and genetic deformities. We have seen States like Punjab that let the so called Green Revolution is number one in Cancer cases as well, so much so that there are trains that are called Cancer Express since all the passengers on the train travel for Cancer treatment.

It is high time we return to our roots so that the Plants be Sweet again, the Waters be Sweet again and the Space be Sweet again.

So let’s for our own self and our children’s health switch to Organic food again!

Comments (1)

Jayanti Ramnath Posted on Sep 28, 2017

oh! what an wonderful and informative article...

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