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Global study reveals time running out for many soils, but conservation measures can help

Researchers found more than 90 per cent of the conventionally farmed soils in their global study were thinning, and 16 per cent had lifespans of less than a century. These rapidly thinning soils were found all over the world, including countries such as Australia, China, the UK, and the USA.

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The future of agriculture – organic farming innovation

COPA-COGECA’s Secretary General, Pekka Pesonen, spoke to The Innovation Platform about the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and areas such as organic farming and innovations in the agriculture sector.

COPA-COGECA is the union of the two big agricultural umbrella organisations COPA and COGECA and the strongest interest group for European farmers. Founded in 1962 and headquartered in Brussels, its activity focus is on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and other policy areas relevant to farmers and agri-co-operatives, such as: food safety, animal health and welfare, plant health, environment, research and innovation, and trade.

The Innovation Platform spoke with COPA-COGECA’s Secretary General, Pekka Pesonen, about areas such as organic farming, innovations both present and future (particularly with regard to those that will be necessary to achieve 2030 targets), and the future CAP.

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India Reaches for 10% Organic Cultivated Area by 2025

In May this year, a Task Force constituted by India’s Ministry of Agriculture, to give recommendations on expansion of organic farming in the country, presented its report. The report, according to its convenor, Anil Kumar Singh (vice chancellor of Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Gwalior), has recommended to the Ministry that it should adopt an ambitious but realistic target of converting at least 10 percent of cultivated area into organic farmlands across all states by year 2025.

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Ex-Army Man Turns Organic Farmer, Grows All-Natural Foot-Long Green Chillies

Many of us are aware of the benefits of organic food and its generous produce. But occasionally, the extraordinary efforts of organic farmers make even those of us who regularly cover such news take notice. Rajasthan’s Moti Singh Rawat, an Army man turned organic farmer, has done just that, thanks to his foot-long green chillies!

"I was declared specially challenged after suffering an injury during a night route patrol in 1992. I recovered from my injuries and retired from the services in 1995 as a Jawan. I decided to take up farming in my native village Selma of Rajasthan," said 51-year-old Moti Singh.

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Should You Switch To Organic Foods For Good Health? Expert Weighs In

The organic food market is witnessing an increased demand as consumers opt for healthier options. While maintaining social distancing and choosing to self-quarantine, many of us are cooking at home and making conscious choices about the ingredients we use. There is research-driven evidence that organic foods are healthier and more nutritious, as compared to their counterparts.

Organic farming is also better for the environment. It reduces pollution, conserves water, reduces soil erosion, increases soil fertility and uses less energy. Farming without pesticides is better for nearby birds and animals as well as people who live close to farms.

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Bengaluru’s terrace gardening movement turns 25

Entrepreneur Ashwini Gajendran, a resident of Vidyaranyapura, steps out to the market only to buy onion, garlic, potatoes and fruits such as apples. For the rest, her rooftop garden spread across around 900 sq.ft. provides enough for her family of four.

"I started gardening in August 2017 when I moved out of Malleswaram. It initially started with composting as waste collection was irregular, and starting a vegetable garden went hand-in-hand. I started growing basic vegetables like tomatoes. During the lockdown, for Ugadi, I didn't have to step out. We had all supplies at home," she says.

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