Greetings! Our journey together has just begun, so I will take a few words to introduce myself. Over time, I hope to get to know you, too. I see you, our customer as our development Partner.
I am 60! Alright…60 plus! , a compulsive Social Entrepreneur and have done it all – home-husband-kids- juggling, emotional, physical and financial ups and downs, and the works! You name it, I have done it – apart from drugs!
But today I can claim that I am content, at peace and happy and am able to am to work 24X7, travel and travel & travel to remote places regularly, and do what I do efficiently. I am grateful for that.
I switched to organically grown healthy food when my thyroid was removed 6 / 7 years ago. At that time, I would drive hours hunting for organic and safe food, which was not commonly available.
Since I was working with farmers, I convinced them to switch to organic growing and by monitoring, trainings and marketing their products.
Today, Maitreya is certified by the Government of India’s RCOF as a certifying authority.
It is now well understood around the world that good nutrition plays a major role in the health of individuals, at all stages of development and life.
In recent years, detailed clinical research into the effects of nutrition on growth has brought a wealth of new data that is giving fresh understanding to this key area of development, particularly in the first 1,000 days of life: appropriate nutrition at this time can program and prepare the body for long-term health status.
Poor nutrition can contribute to obesity or stunting and can also have an adverse effect on brain development and cognition.
So, why Organic and is it really Organic? And how did we get into the Chemical trap?
When I was about 10, I remember rice being smuggled in local trains. I also remember that we had no sugar at one time and had to survive on jaggery. Milk was also rationed!
Then the Green Revolution happened.
Prior to the Green Revolution, Indian farmers were self sufficient and engaged in organic cultivation of crops. Chemical farming started in India with the rise of the Green Revolution 1967 – 1977 because we faced a severe food shortage.
In order to be prepared and avoid starvation, Dr. M. S. Swaminathan led the Green Revolution focused on rice and wheat. RCF was installed with the blessings of Indira Gandhi. No one thought of organic growth promoters like Azolla, bees, Jivamrut and Dashparniark.
Our British Colonizers were also responsible for introducing non organic inputs in Indian Agriculture.There was a severe drought in 1967 which particularly affected Bihar; however, there were bumper crops the next year, primarily due to the new dwarf varieties of wheat used in Punjab and Haryana.
Between 1963 and 1967, before the new methods had been tried, the annual production of wheat in India was between 9 million tons and 11 million tons. Between 1967 and 1970 it ranged from 16 million to 20 million tons. The corresponding figures for rice ranged from 30 million and 37 million tons for the earlier period, and between 37 million and 42 million tons for the latter. (Ref Guha, 2007).
The immediate results were a drastic increase in food production and increased income for the farmers.
Greed, too, became stronger.
Only recently, have the effects of chemicals been showing. There were no cancer patients from rural areas. They are growing multi-fold. All over India, there are trains full of patients, called CANCER TRAINS.
I saw a tin of chemical spray break & leak open and a young farmer in the throes of death which lasted just an hour and then took him away.
Farmers are regretting the use of chemicals.
Today, we are trending back to our roots, of course because the World is doing so and environmental issues like climate change are playing havoc on agriculture.
The environment in India is an important concern – one that needs to be considered by everyone if we want to create a better, greener Earth to live in.
There are things we can all do to help the environment, as there are so many different environmental effects to consider – such as air pollution,water pollution and energy conservation.
But today, we’re going to focus on the agricultural crisis in India and how more farmers are taking a greener route to improving the situation by saying ‘no’ to toxic chemicals.
Getting inspired by the existing projects.
There are many inspiring Projects in Maharashtra and India. One great place to become inspired by other farmers’ attempts to go green is the eco-farming model village of Kedia in Bihar, India.
The farmers used to heavily use toxic pesticides, however, in the past couple of years, people in the village have refused to continue to support the chemical abuse in the farming industry.
Today, it’s not used at all.
As an alternative, farmers in Kedia use homemade solutions for pest management made from natural substances they already have on the farm – including cow manure and plant extracts. This has no negative impact on our planet and has improved biodiversity in the area, making the village a better place to live.
What else can you do to be greener?
In addition to what farmers are already doing, anyone working in an agricultural setting could
- promote organic by purchasing real organic
- Consider using electric or low emission vehicles where possible. While electric tractors may not yet be mass produced, you can still cut down on emissions through the cars and lorries you use to transport produce or travel to your farmland each day.
- Buy locally if possible, rather than from larger organisations. That way, you won’t be contributing to pollution and environmental damage through transportation.
- Rotate your crops to ensure the health of your soil and reduce its need for chemical fertilisers.
- Invite animals to graze on your farm to take care of problems naturally. For example, ladybugs and beetles will eat the flies and mites that cause damage to your farm, eliminating the issue.
- Work out your strengths – where you can be the most environmentally friendly – and be sure to keep doing them.
By ensuring you stay mindful of the environment while farming, you can still do your part in creating a greener India.
How to recognise Safe, Healthy Organic options?
- The uglier looking, the better. No shine, no polish.
- Don’t hate the little worms that are attracted to pure nature.
- Eat high fibre unpolished foods.
- Avoid processed foods. Read Labels carefully. Make enquiries.
- Organic foods take longer to cook, compared to conventional foods.
- Look out for malnutrition and hidden hunger for kids who eat fast food burgers and pizza.
Monday, October 16th, was World Food Day
World Food Day is celebrated each year to mobilize global awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger. We hope to make you aware that world hunger may reach us soon, as we see a food shortage coming up.
With every blog, we share one recipe, this time we have Green Juice for you
More of that next time on World Soil Day
Be well, be happy! Stay tuned, With love from-
Your Food Mitra,