ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Soil Health and Support Systems

Contradictions and Missing Links

The soil as a natural resource has always been taken for granted by policymakers. While the government investments continue to support chemical fertiliser-based farming models, this article explores the contradictions in soil health management policies and their impact on farming and food production. It argues that it is high time that the government chalks out a plan to move away from dependence on chemical fertilisers to ensure food security in the country and makes investments to support an holistic ecological fertilisation programme.

The article draws ideas from a series of workshops and conferences organised by Greenpeace India between August 2010 and December 2011 as part of its “Living Soils” campaign. It acknowledges the participants of these workshops/conferences for their inputs. The views expressed here are personal.

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