India, Let's Save Our Soil

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our choice to consume
Trees, Paper, Cement, Cotton, plastic, fuel
has directly resulted in soil TOXICITY
to the highest levels.

Keeping the Hemp Plant locked up
has destroyed the solutions to
All of Humanity's problems. 

IS THIS WORTH CARING ABOUT?


  • Soil pollution is one of the least spoken issues in India.
    But it is absolutely important to understand that
    we Humans, live on the land and soil is everything for us.
     
  • Without soil, there are no living animals,
    trees, food and there will be no trace of life on the planet earth. 
     
  • A basic natural element of the planet earth which
    holds such high importance for all life on the planet
    is being destroyed at an alarming rate.
     
  • All of the industrial waste and the human waste ends up either in the water or the soil, which always ends up poisoning the other and
    also affects all of life that lives off of it.
     
  • Our toxic industries and farming practices not only harm India’s water bodies, they also harm the soil.
     
  • Soil is a precious commodity, taking years to form, and once it is depleted it can take years to recover, if it recovers at all.
     
  • The quality of our soil is an important factor in our future food security, which is why we must be responsible with it.
     
  • If we continue to poison it like this, we may not be able to grow enough food to feed all 1.3 billion of us in the future.

The Earth has been providing us with
all we need for our survival,
right from food that grows on the soil to the water we drink.
We have been living off the soil ever since
we came into existence. It is our duty to
protect, nurture and take care of our land;
not destroy / pollute it with chemicals and
other toxic substances. Soil pollution refers to
the act of polluting the soil with chemicals and
other toxic substances, which has an adverse effect
on the organisms living off the soil.

Let’s take a step back in time to when our
primal ancestors were living off the land.
The human race learnt about farming,
the earth provided us with all the necessary
vegetables and crops, which became our
source of food.
The world was beautiful, the land was green,
the waters were blue and the air was clean.
Fast forward to the present, and we see
the green landscapes replaced with grey concrete buildings,
toxic water and smog everywhere.

Wonder what went wrong there…?

Humans!
Yes, we were what went wrong in this situation.
The world was perfect, we had everything,
and now we have consumed too many of its resources
and have created a world suffering from pollution
and melting polar ice caps.
We have stripped the land of its natural fertility
by using chemical fertilizers and pesticides,
to such an extent that crops do not grow
on certain land patches anymore.
This has rendered the soil loose and has
led to the erosion of said soil.
Polluting our land contributes to air pollution
and water pollution as well.
The toxic chemicals present in the soil
release volatile substances into the atmosphere
polluting the air, and the remaining chemicals
leech into the ground water, causing water pollution.


CAUSES

Soil pollution occurs majorly due to the following practises:


Industrial wastes

 Disposal of industrial waste
products on the earth pollutes the soil and
introduces toxic elements into it,
rendering the soil useless for agriculture.
These toxic substances remain in the soil and
seep into the ground water which
when consumed by people living nearby causes
diseases and death.  


Agricultural Practises 

Modern agricultural practises,
involve the heavy use of fertilisers
and pesticides to increase the yield of the crops.
This practise pollutes the soil to a large extent,
the farm wastes and chemicals cause the soil to lose its fertility.
This makes the land barren,
and unfit for agriculture,
which ultimately leads to soil erosion.


Urban Wastes 

Urban wastes consists mostly of
both commercial and domestic waste,
which includes sewage.
All the solid waste coming from urban areas is called refuse,
which consists of garbage and other materials like
metal cans, plastic, paper, fibres, leaves, fuel residues, and discarded products.


Radioactive pollutants:

Tests conducted at nuclear laboratories
and testing centres dump a large amount of
radioactive waste into our environment,
which makes its way into the soil and
makes it an inhospitable environment
for all living beings.  


Biological Agents

 Both Human and animal excreta
contribute to a major chunk of soil pollution.
While this natural excreta can be used for making biogas,
too much of such waste can cause serious
harm to the plants and the soil itself.

Research done by scientists have revealed
that Cadmium is the major pollutant
present in the land all over the world.
Cadmium is a heavy metal frequently used in the
industrial sector for the production of cement, batteries, tobacco, television and many more.
This toxic metal is classified as an environmental hazard
in most countries and has been banned in Europe
because of studies that have linked
Cadmium to cardiovascular problems and Cancer.

We need to stop polluting our soil now,
and start healing it immediately to ensure the
good health of the planet.


SOLUTION

How do we go about repairing the damage we have already done?

The answer lies in one simple weed,
HEMP


Hemp is a super crop, which can grow easily everywhere and requires minimum water.
This plant doesn’t require fertilisers
and also helps in cleaning any toxic substances
present in the soil.
Growing hemp on a field makes the field
more fertile and improves the quality of the soil,
this plant takes root deep into the soil loosening it up
and is extremely efficient in absorbing harmful chemicals
present in the soil.


In 1986, there was a nuclear accident in Ukraine which had released radioactive materials into the atmosphere.
The Russian government used the Phytoremediation technique wherein industrial Hemp plants were planted
in large quantities around the region to contain and clean the radioactive contaminated soil.
Phytoremediation is the process by which certain plants degrade or absorb contaminants present in the soil
and help in cleansing the land.

THE SAME WAS SUGGESTED BY A RENOWNED SCIENTIST
DR MESARU EMOTO
DURING THE RECENT NUCLEAR MISHAP AT
FUKUSHIMA, JAPAN.

Hemp has an additional benefit in that
it restores the nutrients to the soil it grows in enriching it.
Hemp has the ability to heal
damaged and polluted soil;
it is the largest producer of biomass
in the plant kingdom and restores
nitrogen to the soil much more efficiently than any other crop.
Hemp is the ideal cover crop;
it replenishes the soil with all the necessary nutrients and restores fertility to the soil making it ideal for growing other cash crops.

Scientific research has shown that the
Hemp plant is excellent at making soil conditions better
and removing deeply rooted toxins in the soil.

With such an amazing plant at our disposal,
it truly is mind numbing that the Government
has prohibited this plant
from being used in our daily lives.

This is just another reason why Cannabis needs to be legalised, because this is the only plant
which when used effectively
can
save our SOIL, 
which is a key to ensure the safety
of all life on this planet.


CANNABIS HEMP based industries are
cleaner and greener,
which means that we will have fewer toxic chemicals
seeping into our soil.


NO MORE DEFORESTATION.
NO MORE CHEMICALS TO GROW OUR
FOOD,
SHELTER,
AND
CLOTHES.
HEMP IS THERE TO SAVE OUR SOIL FROM ALL THE INTOXICATION.
BUT THIS GREAT ALTERNATIVE IS PROHIBITED TO EVEN GROW.

SPEAK UP!

LET'S DESIGN A BETTER FUTURE


SPECIAL THANKS TO
Danny
Amy

Eshna
Aditya
Anshul
Priya