Vandana Shiva, a champion of organic, biodiverse agriculture in India, on agricultural policy in India:
Through organic farming, agroforestry, and forest regeneration, we would not only turn our soil and our vegetation into a major carbon sink ... we would directly address the poverty problem too. When you seriously address climate change, you do the very things that reduce poverty and hunger: for example, using scarce resources to produce more food.
By intensifying biodiversity, you intensify biological output per acre, which means your productivity is going up, your hunger is being addressed, but more than hunger, your employment issues are being addressed. We need a biological and ecological renewal of India. India is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. We need to create enough work for all the hands in this country.
Poverty and climate change have the same solution.