What we need now is GREEN farming!

I was home for the weekend a few weeks back. It was a lousy weekend as always, spending time in front of the tele and having some nice food. So my Dad and i decided to visit our paddy fields for some change. The day was beautiful with the nice evening sun and pleasant weather. I used to visit our farms as I was a kid, but it was a very long time I did this as I was away for studies and then to Ireland. Roughly say 7 or 8 years. So my dad started to introduce our neighbor’s fields. Right away i was reminded of the past and all the adventures I had. Black pulses are cultivated during the first half of the year, and paddy for the next half. Currently it is the season for Black pulses.

As we were passing by the fields, something strange grabbed my attention. The Black pulses crop is nice and green, but their leaves are all covered by some white powder. I have never seen anything like this before. I could not resist and asked my dad about it. He said that the farmers sprayed pesticides and other chemicals. Farmer do this to keep away the pests and flies, so to get more yield. This was only the tip of the iceberg. The chemical bags were also not disposed properly and are littered around by the water channel that is used for irrigation. These waters are also used to feed the cattle.

The slide show is just an example of how worse the situation is:

Here there are multiple levels of pollution.

Firstly the food products are polluted. This is the major problem now days. People are moving towards to Organic products, but this happens only in developed countries. Coming to India Organic products are mostly available in Metros and Urban areas. So a majority of the population still consumes these polluted products(Even I do).

Secondly the polluted grass and water is consumed my cattle and they develop diseases and there are chances that these diseases are transmitted through their milk and milk products. These milk by products are consumed my humans and get sick.

As part of 10th Five Year Plan (2002-07), the government earmarked Rs 100 crore (Rs 1 billion) for the promotion of sustainable agriculture in the country, but the main components of this initiative have benefited exports, from the establishing of national organic standards under NPOP (National Programme for Organic Production). The best and organically certified food products are exported to USA and Europe. Thanks to the Global Organic food market, which is valued at $ 30 billion and is estimated to touch $120 billion by 2020. All the second grade products are usually left for local consumption.

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