This is with reference to Into the ginger trap (16-30 June, 2015). The report makes a strong case against the indiscriminate use of chemicals in farming, in the form of pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers. But such use is quite common across the farm sector in India. Ever since the Green Revolution of the 1960s, farmers have been indoctrinated to use pesticides and chemical fertilisers indiscriminately. This is done in order to enhance crop yield. However, this strategy has been successful only in the states of Punjab, Haryana, western Uttar Pradesh and parts of Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, where landholdings are large, in contrast to fragmented plots in other parts of the country. The ecological impacts of the Green Revolution like soil degradation, pollution of surface and groundwater, severe damage to foodchains, ecosystems and biodiversity, have been overlooked. Worse, the government has formulated a new programme of a Second Green Revolution for eastern India. In other words, the Green Revolution still exerts a lot of influence on agro-policymakers and farmers alike in today's India. Talking of organic farming won't make much sense, unless the government strengthens support systems to provide a level playing field against the much more powerful modern farming of the Green Revolution .