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An Indian state banned pesticides. Tourism and wildlife flourished. Will others follow?
by Annie Gowen

The Washington Post    Translate This Article
31 May 2018

On 31 May 2018 The Washington Post reported: Fifteen years ago, the tiny Indian state of Sikkim launched a radical experiment: Its leaders decided to phase out pesticides on every farm in the state .... The cloud-wreathed Himalayan state is starting to see the dividends. Overall health has increased in the state, leaders say, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has embraced Sikkim and organic farming throughout India, pouring about $119 million into supporting organic farmers nationwide. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the fields of environment and government, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

... Demand for organic food is high in India and growing fast. Concern about pesticides and desire for chemical-free food are fueling a market that is growing 25 percent a year, more than the 16 percent globally, according to a recent study by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India. The country's market for packaged organic products is nearly $8 million now and is expected to top $12 million by 2020, the study said.

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