Kaur, Gurmanpreet
December 2013
OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development;2013, Vol. 6 Issue 12, p59
Academic Journal
Sustainable development as a concept first developed in 1987, it was during this time the scientific evidence began to mount, indicating that human actions were having negative impact on the environment on a global scale leading to outcomes such as global warming. The idea of sustainable development became a widespread concern when people concluded that the current path of human activity was unsustainable in the long term and changes in the human society were needed. If we take all the global issues together, nothing draws more attention than political and economic upheavals as well as climate change and food security. While political and economic upheavals seem to be of temporary nature, climate change and food security are going to have long term implications and call for both immediate and sustained effort by people across the globe as these are vital for our existence itself. Since the time man came to know about the benefits of organized living, he has unscrupulously used the bounties of nature and this practice continues in a great measure today also. So long as man was ignorant about modern farm practices, he had stuck to the farming that is now thought of being sustainable and beneficial in the long term. Organic farming was the original type of agriculture that had been practiced from time immemorial. It is the form of farming which relies on techniques such as crop rotation, green manure, compost and biological pest control. One of the world's most resilient agro systems dating back to prehistoric times is forest gardening comprising of organic food production system. Weed management without the use of pesticides, soil management by use of crop rotation practices and green manure comprising animal manure is a significant feature of organic farming. Sustained campaign and awareness amongst agriculturists about sustainable development these days has led farmers to manage their fields more proficiently. Interest is driven by consumer demand for locally grown, organic and sustainable products. But still a lot more is required to be done. Agriculture is the backbone of Indian economy and it is the provider of livelihood for nearly half of the working population. At the same time the agriculture is also one of the largest contributors of greenhouse gas emissions. The emissions are primarily due to methane from rice paddies, enteric fermentation in ruminant animals and nitrous oxide from the use of manures and fertilizers. Key actions which Indian agriculture should adopt for adjustments in changes to mean temperature and precipitation are changing crop patterns, effective risk management through early warning, improved land management practices, development of resource conserving technologies, credit insurance support to farmers and nutritional strategies for managing heat stress in dairy animals. There is an urgent call for cost effective opportunities for reducing methane generation, emissions in ruminants by modification of diet and nutrient management which will help make adaptation measures sustainable. The need of the hour is devising new policies encouraging green farming as an alternative to farming coupled with use of chemical fertilizers, investment in water harvesting, promoting small farm mechanization, efficient water use technologies and using balanced fertilizers in crop production. Agriculturists indulging in these sustainable techniques can be given financial incentives for improved land management, for resource conservation including water, energy and fossil fuels. As 21st century represents the crisis of survival of human beings there is an urgent necessity to think of future simultaneously. Development is a holistic concept growth cannot alone be termed as development. Development in agriculture has to look into the aspects of social equity, environmental sustainability and people's participation. Sustainable development is not just about conserving our resources; it is about changing our culture to make conservation our way of life. Mahatma Gandhi has rightly said that: The Earth provides enough to satisfy every person's need but not every person's greed.


Related Articles

  • SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AS A SOLUTION FOR AGRICULTURE AND HUMAN SETTLEMENTS COMPETITION IN ILFOV COUNTY. Matei, Elena; Manea, Gabriela; Cocoş, Octavian; Vijulie, Iuliana; Tîrlă, Laura; Bogan, Elena; Tişcovschi, Adrian // Proceedings of the International Multidisciplinary Scientific Ge;2014, Vol. 3, p415 

    Ilfov County, a surrounding space of Bucharest city, represents a fragile area due to the multiple influences of the country's capital. The aim of this study is to explore how the sustainability can solve the competition for land between agriculture and settlements. Thus, the objectives of the...

  • The fingerprint of global warming in the Tropical Pacific. Keenlyside, Noel; Dommenget, Dietmar // Advances in Atmospheric Sciences;Apr2016, Vol. 33 Issue 4, p533 

    The article discusses the effects of global warming in the Tropical Pacific region. The impact of diabatic heating to the atmospheric general circulation, the issue of climate change and its effect on a regional scale, and fluctuation in the SST pattern and precipitation levels have also been...

  • Climate Gōtterdämmerung.  // National Review;3/8/2010, Vol. 62 Issue 4, p14 

    The article discusses global climate change and revelations regarding temperature statistics that were masked that weaken the case for the phenomenon and its supposed adverse effects. It notes email messages circulated by climate scientist Phil Jones and others at East Anglia University that are...

  • Climate Change and Onsite Systems. Gustafson, David; Anderson, Jim // Onsite Installer;Aug2015, p24 

    The article discusses the effects of global temperature increase which would lead to overall sea level increase that would be a threat to the septic systems specially in coastal areas. It talks about the research going on in Minnesota to to determine the impact of overall increasing temperatures...

  • Stacked Crop Rotations Exploit Weed-Weed Competition for Sustainable Weed Management. Garrison, Andrew J.; Miller, Adam D.; Ryan, Matthew R.; Roxburgh, Stephen H.; Shea, Katriona // Weed Science;Jan-Mar2014, Vol. 62 Issue 1, p166 

    Crop rotation has long been considered one of the simplest and most effective tools for managing weeds. In this paper, we demonstrate how crop rotations can be strategically arranged to harness a novel mechanism of weed suppression: weed-weed competition. Specifically, we consider how crop...

  • Drying out the tropics. Rind, David // New Scientist;5/6/95, Vol. 146 Issue 1976, p36 

    Reports on the possibility of disastrous effects of global warming on tropical climate, contrary to the previous beliefs. Details of the explanation given by V. Ramanathan for stable temperatures of tropics; Evidences contrary to Ramanathan's ideas; Glaciation in Mauna Kea in Hawaii; Food...

  • Pacific plankton go missing. Pearce, Fred // New Scientist;4/8/95, Vol. 146 Issue 1972, p5 

    Informs about a study by the scientists of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego, on the impact of global warming in the decline of the plankton population in the waters off California. Recycling effect of the decline of plankton population on global warming; Details of the study.

  • Analysis and evalution on assessment index system of agriculture sustainable development. MENG Suying; CUI Jiansheng; ZHANG Ruihua // Journal of Hebei University of Science & Technology;Oct2014, Vol. 35 Issue 5, p487 

    Assessment index system is considered to be a useful evaluation tool and technical system guidance for sustainable agricultural development. The general procedures and methodologies for the establishing of assessment index system were elucidated based on widely literature reviews, and a present...

  • Evaluation of Agri-Limitations for Sustainable Development at The Area between El-Dabaa and El-Alamain, Mediterranean Region, Egypt. Elwan, Adel A.; Khalifa, Mohamed E. A. // Alexandria Journal of Agricultural Research;2014, Vol. 59 Issue 3, p157 

    Many of agricultural expansion projects in Egypt have not been succeeded due to the associated miss-definition of actual constrains for land productivity. This study was carried out at the area between El-Dabaa and El-Alamian, the North Western Mediterranean coastal zone of Egypt over an area of...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics