What is Agro-Forestry ?
Agroforestry is a type of agriculture that incorporates the planting, cultivation, and conservation of trees alongside crops or livestock farming. It’s a model of land management that integrates the unique relationships within a given ecosystem, and offers benefits on many fronts – environmental, economic, and/or social.
What is Plastic Hazardous
As the world’s population continues to grow, so does the amount of garbage that people produce. On-the-go lifestyles require easily disposable products, such as soda cans or bottles of water, but the accumulation of these products has led to increasing amounts of plastic pollution around the world. As plastic is composed of major toxic pollutants, it has the potential to cause significant harm to the environment in the form of air, water, and land pollution.
Benefits from Agroforestry
- By planting agroforestry, yields of fodder, firewood, timber, fruit, herbs, etc. can be increased.
- Livestock needs are met more easily.
- Tree roots prevent soil from being washed away. Trees' leaves provide organic matter for soil organisms.
- Trees protect the soil, and the soil gives nutrients to the trees. This cycle works to protect soil life and natural fertility.
- Because daily needs of fodder, fuel, leaf litter, etc. are met from the land, the forest is used less, and so is conserved.
- The farm economy gets stronger.
The plastic cannot be considered as a non-hazardous product because more than 50 per cent of plastics contain chemicals that are toxic and they are released into the environment after they are discarded. Moreover, plastic debris is not biodegradable, it is photo-degradable, making all the plastic debris fragment into smaller and smaller pieces that can easily be confused by organisms in seawater or freshwater as food.
As plastic breaks down into microscopic fibers, it can be inhaled or ingested by humans and wildlife. One study found that such microscopic fibers were present in human lung cancers. Seabirds that have consumed plastic waste have 300 per cent greater concentrations of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in their tissue than other birds.
preventive measures for plastic hazardous
- To reduce the use of plastic wherever possible.
- To use recyclable bags and things.
- To recycle the used plastic.
- Not to throw used plastic here and there.
- To collect the used plastic by the Government and then to recycle them
Accelerating the impact of Agroforestry
- Agricultural sector contributes about 17% to India’s GDP and employs nearly 50% of the workforce.
- Rally for Rivers, launched by Sadhguru aims at helping farmers to successfully switch partially to agroforestry to address the multiple challenges they face.
- Cauvery Calling is a large-scale demonstrable model that offers a visionary approach to our soil and water crisis through agroforestry.
- In 1986, NABARD sanctioned an agro-forestry project, involving the planting of 12 lakh poplar plants in the period 1987-1994.
How are we supporting them with these event?
- Creating awareness: by motivating for planting trees, environmental protection, and management in an effort to increase Human and Animal welfare has to be supported not only by the adoption of appropriate technology but also by the change in people’s perception and attitude.
- Motivation: To motivate caring nature in the young generation by Social and Public media.
- The adoption of the agroforestry system has improved food supply and helped address food insecurity among the farmers and also have been looking at the "plastics in the forest " issue very closely which is very hazardous. So we need to manage that well to avoid Corrective and preventive action, redundant tree-shelters have been a recognized part of that waste stream for as long as we have been signed up to forest management certification.
ECO FRIENDLY STRAWS (CASTOR STEM STRAWS)
Eco Friendly straws are 100% biodegradable straws made up of castor plant leaf stems,& are of totally plastic free, these straws are perfect solution for your drinks at home, businesses etc.
How are straws made
- First Plants are grown
- After harvesting plants, stem are considered as waste product, stems are then collected and washed to remove dirt
- Straws are then disinfected to get rid off insects and pesticides
- They are cut to different size and then packed.
TYPES OF ECO FRIENDLY STRAWS
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Eco Friendly Straws( Castor stem straws)