Cow Urine Kills Farm Pests in India’s First Fully Organic State

Nimtshreng Lepcha seeps medicinal leaves in cow urine and sprays the brew over his tomatoes. It’s the main way pests are repelled on his farm in the Himalayan foothills and across the northeastern state of Sikkim, the first in India to go fully organic.

For more than a decade, Sikkim’s 66,000 farmers have shunned chemical weed killers, synthetic fertilizers and gene-altered seeds. Their return to traditional farming methods has made the tiny state, sandwiched between China, Nepal and Bhutan, a testing ground for a counter movement to the Green Revolution, the half-century-old system that relied on modern seeds, chemicals and irrigation to boost crop yields and stave off hunger.

Now, faced with health and environmental problems ranging from poisoned waterways and degraded farmland, to antibiotic-resistant bacteria and diet-linked disease, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is backing Sikkim’s approach as a safer, more sustainable way to produce food, support farm jobs and reduce the nation’s fertilizer bill.

“Other states can take a lead from Sikkim,” Modi told political leaders in the nearby state of Meghalaya last month. “The North East can become the organic food basket for this country. Organic products are going to be increasingly used widely,” he continued, and the practice “will contribute immensely to the income of the people and the region.”

Read More

 




“Annam Food as Health


“NO MORE BHOPAL” Call for Organic India


“NO MORE BHOPAL” Call for Organic India

People's Assembly

Bija Swaraj is our Birthright

JAIVIK KRANTI

A to Z 2016

The Mango Festival, Amrapali

Monsanto Vs Indian Farmers

 Earth Journeys to explore Indian Biodiversity and Food Heritage

Dal Yatra 2016

Sarson Satyagraha

Seed Satyagraha (Civil Disobedience to End SeedSlavery)

Sugarcane Festival

Food Smart Citizens for Food Smart Cities

Seed Freedom




Gandhi Courses



Sign the Petition for the Rights of Mother Earth


Search

Mailing List



Find Us on Facebook

Dr Vandana Shiva's Twitter