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Organic farming derails agriculture development
India has the largest number of malnourished children. There is need to step up food production to double-digit growth from the present 3 per cent plus. The stress on organic farming cannot help in productivity improvement.

Promotion of organic farming, is one of the negative forces that are in play to derail India’s agriculture development. It is spreading like cancer through mass hysteria and is an impediment to the welfare of Indian people.

Strangely, the promotion is undertaken not by scientists of repute, but an exclusive group of do-gooders including some pseudo-scientists, politicians, economists, bureaucrats, NGOs and news media. Although an insignificant per cent of the population in the developed world prefer the organic food as a personal choice, no country in the world officially promotes organic farming as they do in the rudderless Indian agriculture scene. 

The following are the scientific, economic and ecological reasons against organic farming for creating awareness amongst Indians for initiating a national discussion. 

•Universally organic agriculture reduces crop productivity for the farmers and increases food cost to the consumers.  

•The plant needs 12 mineral nutrients, all of which are essential in human nutrition.  

•Plants cannot eat food like humans, but they absorb the food through their roots.  

•Nutrients in organic form need conversion to inorganic forms by soil bacteria to make them available to plants. 

•Organically supplied nutrients are not available to plants during the specific time of need of individual nutrients to the growing plant.

•The concentration of plant nutrients are so low in organic manure that and all organic matter available in the world, according to Prof. Norman Borlaug, the Father of the Green Revolution, will not provide enough nutrients needed for crops to feed the world.  

•All 12 nutrients from organic sources will increase farm input costs by several fold compared to the more concentrated and pure inorganic fertilisers.

•Because of the abysmally low fertility of Indian soils, the badly needed soil fertility build up cannot be achieved through organic farming.

The minerals in human nutrition come from vegetables and fruits. Plants grown on low fertile soils produce nutritionally sub-standard vegetables and fruits endangering human health. 

•Organic manure can be a source of heavy metals which, when enter the human food chain, accumulate in the bones causing lethal diseases.  

•Organic manures sourced from Indian cows are loaded with weed seeds which increase input cost of the farmers.

•Many flies and insects use cow manure to lay their eggs, which then develop into larval worms in the soil, damaging plant roots and causing crop production losses to the farmer.

•According to the famous environmentalist, Roger Moore, the name organic farming is a misnomer, and it should be called “primitive farming.”

•Organic farming is one of the causes of deforestation in developing countries leading to global warming. 

It is thus crucial that the people responsible for the promotion of organic farming in India carefully weigh these adverse impacts before they continue their pilgrimage for the cause of organic farming and need to be accountable for their acts. 

A national forum of policymakers, including international agriculture scientists, needs to be covened to discuss the pros and cons and the suitability of organic farming for India, a topic of utmost importance not only to the well-being of the people of India but also to their posterity.

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