Viewpoint: Green technology-rejectionist Vandana Shiva at center of Sri Lanka’s disastrous organic farming embrace and crop protection chemical rejection – Genetic Literacy Project

The unprecedented economic crisis in Sri Lanka has been doing the rounds across mainstream media, academia, policy circles as well as the global political dispensation. From the recent resignation of Mahinda Rajapaksa from the post of prime minister to the appointment of the new Prime Minister, Ranil  Wickremesinghe, new dynamics are unfolding in the island nation almost every day, making it a challenging task to keep track of the political and economic effects of this conundrum. Sri Lanka has a long history of economic challenges, which includes the repercussions of the 26-year long civil war in the country, successive loans from the International Monetary Funds (IMF), the excessive increase of money supply in an attempt to douse its fiscal deficits—the economy’s money supply has increased by approximately 42 percent in the last four years, deep tax cuts that were enacted a few months before the pandemic hit, and, of course, the soaring external debts that the country owed to other powers such as  China and Japan. However, the myopic switch to organic farming in Sri Lanka could be declared as the final nail in the coffin that led to a series of economic disasters which will remain a lesson in the history of agricultural policy, especially for the Global South.
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