No more pesticides: How Keralas kitchen-garden revolution is taking on tainted veggies

August 23, 2016 0 Comments

A silent revolution unfolded in the backyards, terraces, poly-houses, road-sides and even in the balconies of Kerala homes, with small scale organic farming undertaken by ordinary housewives and husbands and even school children.

For the last few years, Kerala has seen a lot of debate on the influx of pesticide-sprinkled vegetables from neighbouring states. Malayalis saw the media, government institutions, social groups and even political parties carry on a sustained campaign against such tainted veggies.

In parallel, a silent revolution unfolded in the backyards, terraces, poly-houses, road-sides and even in the balconies of Kerala homes, with small scale organic farming undertaken by ordinary housewives and husbands and even school children.

When Malayalis favourite actress Manju Warrier made a come-back to the film industry in 2014 through a movie which propagated the idea of rooftop farming, she -by default- became the brand ambassador for organic farming in Kerala.

Veteran actor Sreenivasan too joined the organic bandwagon with his highly publicized inroads into paddy-cultivation on leased lands, with the harvest reaped from these garnering even more widespread applause.