We have been a slave to the chemical fertilizer industry for too long. The concept of Organic farming as a truly effective alternative is now coming seriously into contention.
Agriculturists and entrepreneurs are adopting Organic Farming, as a method of agriculture that depends on green manure, crop rotation, biological control of pests, animal manures, and compost, largely avoiding the utilization of harmful chemical fertilizers and synthetic compounds.
The positive aspects of reverting to organic farming, like our ancestors did, are now being accepted throughout the world. Rajiv Dixit, famous sociologist and expert on this subject espouses in his video presentation uploaded 09.01.2011, about “traditions in agriculture,” and how important it is for our present generation to integrate spirituality into contemporary science, while at the same time, reverting to the ancient methods of agriculture, which our forefathers practiced with great success before the British introduced chemical fertilizers. 50 years on, our lands have become infertile and have lost their fertility and productivity, a factor that needs to be addressed immediately.
Why Organic Farming Is Main Concern Today
In India, the Green Revolution has increased food grain production by leaps and bounds. This has brought in its wake, increased demands for fertilizers, farm power and water. The more chemical fertilizers we use, the more the steady, the deterioration of soil fertility. Consequently, the content of organic matter in the soil is depleting at an alarming rate. This also leads to pollution, which indirectly worsens the soil condition further. The overall effect has taken its toll on the health of animals, humans and on the crop production. This is indeed a scary scenario.
Under these circumstances, our only hope is to adopt organic farming to grow clean and nutritious food crops, unspoiled by toxic chemicals. A perfect illustration of this is apparent from the fact that in the USA, the sales of organic food have increased on an average by 20 percent every single year for the past seven years. Organic food is tastier, as the true flavors are truly preserved. This positive change seems to engulf the whole world, as more people today are getting convinced of the positive impact of the organic farming, with each passing day.
In this context, a video by Shri Subhash Sharma on his “Kheti (Agricultural) Formula” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmvMk8XMuiA), opens our eyes to his success story in implementing organic farming in his 20 acre mixed farm with interesting theories of integrating trees on the western border of the farm, consequent arrival of birds that eat the pests, water conservation and soil health, and the use exclusively of his native cow’s dung and urine in place of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, thereby nearly doubling his rotating crop yield. Another interesting theory espoused by him is that the use of urea destroys earthworms in the soil, which is primarily responsible for recycling the soil.
Pesticides Lead to Decreasing Health
Chemical pesticides, that are used as a deterrent against pests, for crop protection, often, affect the other organisms, including microorganisms in the soil, other animals and human beings. The World Health Organization shockingly reports on approximately 3 million cases of pesticide poisoning every year, leading to the death of over 2,20,200 people from the developing countries.
Rajiv Dixit’s video discourse on the subject, explains, how fertilizers and insecticides, not only kill the organisms in the soil, but also cause the death of the farmers who handle the spraying, leading to cancer and a horde of other ailments. His poignant narration that pesticides and insecticides are used maximum in a village called Bhatinda in Punjab, and how the proliferation of cancer, there has necessitated the introduction of a train called “Cancer Express” to take thousands of cancer ridden inhabitants to the cancer institute in Bikaner, Rajasthan, tells a truly sad story.
Make sure to keep your children from coming in contact with the fertilizers or even straying into the vicinity of large scale application of pesticides. This may lead to several recorded neurological side-effects that include coordination loss, memory loss, visual ability reduction, decrease in motor skills, decrease in response time to stimuli, and many more.
Soil Fertility Depletion Due To Use of Chemical Fertilizers
Soil fertility is a basic requirement for high quality and good yield of crops, and the extensive use of chemical fertilizers leads to a fall in the level of natural nutrients present in the surface layer of the soil, thereby, further degrading the quality and fertility of the soil.
A Telugu video published on 12 September 2014 by a farmer’s platform called Jaikisan that addresses the wider impact of the farmers’ problems, including the loss of fertility due to excess use of chemical fertilizer use, further explains the problem.