Kenya could learn from India’s experience with organic farming & health

By Bitange Ndemo

I recently read an article by Annie Gowen in the Washington Post titled “An Indian state banned pesticides. Tourism and wildlife flourished. Will others follow?” and it got me thinking.

But what really caught my eye was one paragraph:

But with the indiscriminate use of pesticides came a spike in cancer rates in industrial farming areas. Rivers became polluted and soil infertile. Sikkim’s leaders say they were driven to go all-organic by those concerns and because pesticide residue — including from some chemicals banned in other countries — was tainting fish, vegetables and rice.

The paragraph helps untangle what has been a puzzle in Kenya for several years now after the phenomenal increase in cancer cases.