Millions of farmers in India (the video says hundreds of thousands) have already stopped using chemicals and GMO crops and have switched to natural farming methods. The movement is growing rapidly. One state in India, Sikkim, has gone 100% organic. They’re starting to kick Monsanto’s butt and the petro-chemical industry’s butt.
“Zero budget farming (i.e. an autonomous agriculture, paying for no exterior inputs such as fertiliser, pesticides, hybrid seeds and much less water), is more and more popular in KRRS. It is basically a return to a traditional Indian form of permaculture, many of its techniques already being described in classical Indian texts. It has been popularised and enriched with modern scientific analyses by a farmer from Maharashtra State, Subhash Palekar, who – after studying agronomy – practised chemical farming for more than a decade. Like thousands, he noticed that his harvests first became more abundant, and then started to implacably decline. However, instead of falling into the trap of ever more intensive (and expensive) treatments, he recalled his youthful experiences with the indigenous tribals of the forest areas, still practising hunting and gathering. How can the forests, with all their fruits, reproduce themselves indefinitely with no pesticides or fertilizers? After 6 years of forest observations and experiments, he elaborated a series of models for zero budget farming. In 2004, KRRS, invited him to present his method to a group of 16 farmers. Only one of them was convinced to try it, but his results were so spectacular that farmers from all over the State started visiting and imitating him. Eight years later, Chukki estimates that there are maybe 50,000 farmers using the method in Karnataka… the method is spreading explosively, as chemical farming is rapidly driving small farmers into bankruptcy.
[skip to pages 6 through 12 in this PDF for the best part]
Kailash tells us that he uses less and less water; because the earth is never exposed to the sun, but also because his land has become an enormous sponge. He says he now has more than a meter of organic earth, and demonstrates the fact by burying an iron bar at one stroke at least that deep.” (Many other very favorable results were reported. Please refer to the PDF linked above for details.)