The most important word in the definition of organic is sustainable and ecosystem.
We generally ask for certification but do not understand what standards are referred for certification. Organic cultivation is not only limited to the specific crop, soil, water and fertiliser or pesticide. It is also talking about the genetic variability of crops, biodiversity in a specific region and multi-crop cultivation. In certification what we test is final output as monitoring the entire process is not possible. Unfortunately organic is linked with end product but in reality its process, not output.
Almost all organic produce sellers claim that we do not use GMO seeds. In reality, apart from cotton, no GMO seeds are in use in India.
This is the only marketing gimmick. even though you use chemical fertilisers and chemical pesticides you can achieve this with the simple trick. Any farmer not using any chemical prior 15-20 days of harvesting most of his produce is residual free.
Although farmer may be using organic manure, how many years he was using chemical fertilisers and how many years he started using organic manure is yet another question?
It's not only about your field it's also about your neighbour fields. You may not be using chemical fertilisers or pesticides but what about your neighbour farmer?
Organic farming is not only limited to soil, water, seeds, crop, fertilisers and pesticides but also extended for biodiversity, crop rotation, soil conditioning and sustainable growth.
Why not claim that my produce is 100% organic although I am not able to afford the certification still I am giving you my personal guarantee in this regard.
Organic is a process not product. The best way to get organic produce is to start interacting with farmers, not with traders or resellers. Ask questions to farmers, not the person who is at a counter. Unless we educate farmers and make him aware about the importance of organic farming he will not understand the sensitivity of the topic.
All farmers are moving towards organic farming because a lot of business houses are committing them additional income and no one actually educating them why organic?
In 1972 all Indian farmers adopted green revolution technique just to get additional output and additional income no one was aware of why green revolution and pros n cons of the same.
Similarly, organic cultivation is taking the same shape as green revolution and resulting in failure at a lot of places. Anyone who attended the organic farming seminar is becoming the trainer and educating farmer and misguiding him.
The best solution is to adopt a community supported agriculture (CSA). CSA is the moment which Shop for Change Fair Trade is willing to initiate under which united farmers and united consumers will collaborate with each other and fulfil their needs.
CSA - United consumers will adopt united farmers intellectually. Also, united consumers will assure united farmers to buy everything they grow in their field at the fair price with an assurance of sustainable income to the farmer.
Lets join India's 1st Fair Trade moment and support farmers.
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Saameer Ravindra Athavale
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