Adoption of organic farming

09 Oct 2021

I keep asking everyone who’s adopted organic farming if yields drop after they stopped using chemicals. In a world where short term gains trump long term improvements, it’s tough to see how the shift to organic — even if good for the planet, would happen if yields are lower.

In May, Sri Lanka banned chemical fertiliser and pesticides & went fully organic. There’s been an uproar over this move. Some people and groups have even blamed this move for the food crisis there. This piece explains why that’s maybe wrong.

At Rainmatter Foundation, we work with Swayyam, Organic Mandya & AkshayaKalpa. They’ve shown that organic farming if done right, is not only good for the soil, biodiversity, creation of livelihood, & health but also stable yields. More importantly, farmers are more resilient.

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