Plasticulture: Should we continue with it?

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Plasticulture is the application of plastics in agricultural cultivation and is fast becoming the most sought-after technique to augment farm yields and farm income. But, there is also a flip side as dangerous toxins released from the polyethylene film can remain in the soil for centuries leading to intense plastic pollution in the agricultural domain. Our researchers Arjuna Srinidhi and Divya Nazareth discuss the pros and cons of plasticulture and conclude that we need to go beyond just the ban of plastic bags and address its use across sectors. The article was published in the TerraGreen magazine, August 2018 edition, Volume 11, Issue 5.


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