India's independent farmers embrace organic

“I had confidence in my own method and my own labor,” he said. “I’m convinced that organic farming works.”

Singh is not alone in switching to organic. Punjab now has approximately 1,500 hectares of certified organic land, and India has emerged as a global leader in organic farming, with 600,000 certified producers. The countries with the second- and third-largest outputs are Uganda and Mexico, according to a report based on 2012 data, both of which have fewer than 200,000 organic producers.

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