The burning of crop residue in Punjab and Haryana is creating serious air pollution hazard over Northern India. They have contributed significantly to the catastrophic levels of air pollution in the national capital. The development has refocused the importance of charting out ways to implement sustainable agricultural practices to combat global warming, a prime concern at the UN climate summit being held in Bonn. Climate-smart reforms are required to change farming practices in Punjab and Haryana, the bread basket of India, to tackle the severe air pollution that afflicts Delhi and north India every autumn.
Scientists and grassroots experts have started deliberating on how to realign farming that adapts to a changing climate without compromising on food security. M.S. Swaminathan, recognised as the father of Green Revolution, has been advocating what he terms Evergreen Revolution, “which implies productivity improvement in perpetuity without ecological and social harm. Read More