The BADABON WAY is the philosophy we follow while we go about our daily business of procuring fresh farm produce organically cultivated from across Sundarban and bring them to Kolkata kitchens. These are adapted from best practices across the globe, much spoken but less implemented. We pledge to implement The BADABON WAY 24×7 and request your support for success!
Our pricing algorithm ensures that member farmers get a fair price and process ensures that nothing is lost in transit; in between your payment for produce and farmers receipt for the sales. This is a direct interface between buyer and seller.
Apart from enhancing ecologically sound systems of food production, organic farming helps Sundarban farmers battle poverty through reducing debt incurred by the purchase of expensive chemical inputs. Through continuous engagement with our knowledge partners, we facilitate training to farmers in low cost agroecological farming methods; building on local management skills and resources, we enable farmers to grow healthy and nutritious food and combat hunger in their communities.
A key factor to making food production more sustainable and farmlands more resilient will be the reduced use of chemical inputs and capacity building on how to successfully farm without them.
Good Health & Well Being
Unlike chemical-based agriculture, organic agriculture does not use harmful chemicals such as the weed killer Glyphosate, which the World Health Organization has recently defined as a “probable carcinogen”. Traces of Glyphosate have been found in food, water and the air.
In addition, the World Health Organization estimates that there are “3 million cases of pesticide poisoning each year and up to 220,000 deaths, primarily in developing countries.”
Pesticide use has also been linked to headaches and nausea to chronic impacts such as cancer, reproductive harm, diabetes and endocrine disruption. Incessant use of chemicals in farming is depleting soils and contaminating water.
Thus, by working with Sundarban farmers to eliminate the use of chemicals in growing food, we can make a significant contribution to reducing their harmful effects on people and the planet and contribute to wellbeing for all.
Sustainable Consumption and Production Pattern
We are producing enough to feed the world yet wasting food that could feed millions. We are losing food to standards dictating weight and appearance of fruit and vegetables as well as inadequate storage and distribution systems.
We also need to raise awareness of the true cost of food production as increased awareness of this issue could play a major role in reducing retail and consumer waste of food.
Combat Climate Change
A key part to organic farming practices is soil management. The degradation of soil through unsustainable farming has released huge amounts of carbon into the atmosphere.
By not using chemical fertilizers and organic farming practices such as minimum tillage, returning crop residues to the soil, the use of cover crops and rotations, and the greater integration of nitrogen fixing legumes, we are helping increase the return of carbon to the soil in Sundarban.
Halt Biodiversity Loss
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the current biodiversity loss can be considered “the greatest extinction crisis since dinosaurs disappeared.”
The causes range from excessive use of fertilizers to the effects of human-induced climate change. Studies show that organically managed lands have up to “46 and 72 percent more semi-natural habitats and host 30 percent more species and 50 percent more individuals than nonorganic farms.”
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