For National Agronomy, Farmers and Scientists Promote Organic Farming.
Vandana Shiva who is environment activist and author, started a nationwide campaign, Anna Swaraj Andolan, from Meerut on 1st November. The campaign is meant to control the national agronomy by introducing genetically-altered seeds and to make farmers aware of the benefits of organic farming and also inform them of the hidden agenda of multinational companies.
Shiva said "The time has come for the city to fight again against another kind of colonialism which not only wants to capture our agronomy but also wishes to play havoc with our health through genetically mutated seeds and pesticides."
The event was organized by Navdanya, an NGO that Shiva runs, promoting organic agriculture, and Shehzad Rai Research Institute, an organisation based in Baraut, Baghpat district, comprising historians and farmers.
Chest specialist Veerottam Tomar said "Chemicals like DDT are responsible for the dwindling population of birds, as it causes the thinning of the shells of eggs. Pollinating agents like bees and butterflies are also hit by the rampant use of chemicals in agriculture, affecting the pollination of plants. Pesticides were so overused these days that almost all fruit and vegetables now have traces of carcinogenic compounds."
Shiva also said "organic farming was the best way to beat this vicious cycle. It is not only cost effective but healthy as well, quite removed from disease-inducing pesticides and insecticides."