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Is your plate full of pesticides?


It was always hard to believe that everything was right with our plates. In a study done by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), where they had picked up random samples of fruits and vegetables from across the country, they found that vegetables, such as brinjal, cauliflower and cabbage had a pesticide presence of as much as 860% above permissible limit. Wheat and Rice were safe either, with level of certain chemicals reaching almost 100 times more that […]

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Community Managed Sustainable Agriculture


Community Managed Sustainable Agriculture

While there is rampant usage of pesticides, insecticides, fertilizers and GMO seeds – all in the name of helping farmers earn a better living, here is the real story around sustainable agricultural practices actually benefiting farmers in Andhra Pradesh. Community Managed Sustainable Agriculture (CMSA) encorages natural farming and is shifting farming from being input intensive to knowledge intensive. The key to CSMA is – Non Pesticide Management Integrated Nutrient Management Inter Cropping This practice has not only been able to recharge […]

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GMO Debate – 14 year old explains it all


Understanding GMO through a kid activist

GMO or Genetically Modified Organism is a word often discussed and confused. While most adults would not have a very clear conclusion on the merits/demerits of GMO food and their stand on the topic, have a look at 14 year old Rachel Parent debating the issue with two seasoned news journalists and putting forward her arguments in a clear and concise manner. A little more about Rachel Parent – Rachel is the founder of Kids Right to Know and is leading youth in […]

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Figthing Inflammation with Food


While inflammation is a natural and essential process of our body whenever it encounters foreign invaders, chronic inflammation is now being seen as a cause of many diseases such as atherosclerosis, arthritis, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, food intolerance, diabetes, heart disease and in some cases even cancer. It also accelerates the aging process. (Source – Department of Health and Human Services and American Heart Association) Apart from unavoidable conditions, chronic inflammation is caused by our modern lifestyle and eating habit. Stress, […]

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Easy Way to remove chemicals from raw food


Though it’s always advisable to purchase organically grown food, there are time when we can’t help ourselves. Non-availability of organic variant of a particular food item or lack of an organic store in the locality or an emergency purchase are some of the reasons when we are forced to eat non-organic food. The problem aggravates when we are talking about food items that need to be eaten raw. Think about all those fresh fruits, salads and raw vegetables; and, now […]

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Food Wastage


In the current debate over poverty line and the minimum price of food, do we realize that the real sufferers are the poor who are unable to manage the minimum daily dietary intake. While India produces a lot of food, why is it not able to feed its own population? Among other things, we need to realize a grim situation where we waste more than 400 kcal of food per person per day i.e. food enough to fulfill one-third of […]

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Food, Inc. – The story behind Mass Production of Food


Food, Inc. is a documentary which captures the Industrialization of American Food Supply Chain, resulting in mass-production of identical food items and an irreversible change to the way food is grown in the world. The very opening statement ‘The way we eat has changed more in the last 50 years than in the previous 10,000.’ gives you a sense of the catastrophe that we might have in our end. The documentary takes you through various food lines and show how […]

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Is pesticide killing the Indian Plate?


The recent case of food poisoning in Bihar, which has taken lives of nearly 20 people, tells the unfortunate tale of how lax we are when it comes to handling and preparing food products in India. (Initial reports have shown that deaths were caused due to acute exposure to pesticides.) Apart from accidental consumption of unsafe amount of pesticide in food, it is critical to note that a high number of deaths are also caused among farmers and laborers who handle […]

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