Organic livelihood in Indian villages

Today the whole world is conducting awareness sessions for banning the culture of insecticides and pesticides. The composition of such chemicals have reached a point now that can even cause harm to human beings. India is a country renowned for its agricultural richness, so in obvious terms it’s opinionated conclusions play an important role for considerations to meet the supply of food market of world.


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The best example to consider in a lay man’s language to determine the level of toxins available in the such chemical can be well seen in the insect repellents we use at our home. A new product when gets launched is seen to be more effective for mosquitoes and cockroaches, but soon it becomes less effective as these insects have strong nature of adaptation. Therefore, again the unit of toxins are increased to make the chemical stronger. So we can imagine that in years of such practice what would be the level of toxins found today that we use so innocently in our houses and green fields.

There are places even now that has the chastity of pure nature where even the word organic (which is an antonymous word to ban chemical) is not introduced, so we can call it natural.  Most of the regions of Indian villages are still considered as virgin lands in the language of organic certifying agencies like ECOCERT. The farmers still follow the traditional method of farming where they mostly use cow dung and even the use of cow urine is new to them. It’s not that the area is too remote to herald the usage of chemical fertilizers lured with their mythical boast of high yield production, but there are many supporting factors that axiomatically prove their  stringency to follow the traditional method of farming. One of such many reasons is the land ownership in forest villages of India. As the forest villagers have no right to their lands the huge subsidy given by the government on usage of chemical fertilizers cannot be availed by the farmers, and as the economic condition of these villagers are too low they cant afford to buy the fertilizers and are bound to follow the traditional method of farming which is quiet economic as every household will have cattle as primary source of their income in villages.

Now, this particular practice has become an unique selling point to promote the sustainable livelihood in many villages in India. Due to this culture every year many tourists travel to Indian villages to taste the delicacy of naturally grown food items. Villages are also gradually attracting organic markets to quote these regions as their source for continuous supply of organic products to meet the growing demand of such products.

Ultimately, a true abode of nature is not what has artificially structured its contents but rather a place that may seem unorganized and messy but it will have a unique beauty in itself  even in its messiness.

Author: Babit

Comments

  1. Swati Jaiswal says:

    We should prefer organic food, after all it is good for our health and well being only…

  2. If the world goes on for it …Certainly India will be the one of the top…heard about the rank India achieved in organic cotton

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