“The only way to keep the soil alive and make sure my livelihood continues, is to put chemical fertilizers onto the soil and every six months I get a truckload of manure from Mettupalayam and I mix it with the soil hoping to get the nutrients back. If I move to organic farming, I can’t meet the market demand, how do you think I can produce so many tons of broccoli, zucchini or lettuce? There is no other way.” Shanmugam, Kookalthorai, Nilgiris.
How is the market responsible for pesticides in our food? Are we consuming more than we require?