In an earlier post I talked about how to recognize organic tomatoes at the market. Organic fruits and vegetables are free of chemical inputs like fertilizers and pesticides that cause much damage to human and animal health.
One of the points I made was for the tomatoes (or any fruit and veggie) to be organic it is important that they are not uniform in size, shape and color. In nature fruits and vegetables don’t grow like spitting replicas of each other! But when they are sold in packed units where they all look alike, you can be sure they are from crops that have been in one way or another, genetically manipulated. All crops that are genetically manipulated for uniformity for commercial farming take in huge inputs of chemicals like fertilizers and pesticides.
THE GENETIC MONSTER UNLEASHED YEARS AGO
Somebody from India raised the point that India and most other countries including the U.S. don’t have GM food crops!! I wonder how many people think that?
The fact is, we have had crops that are genetically modified crops in India since the 1960s – in what initially was called the Green Revolution. They were known as genetically engineered (GE) or HYV (High Yielding Variety) seeds and scientists promised they would give high yields and solve India’s food problems. There are many techniques of genetic manipulation that were discovered as early as the 1940s. Over the years they’ve become more expansive, intrusive and irresponsible in their implementation. BUT THEY ALL INVOLVE SOME FORM OF GENETIC MANIPULATION OF THE PLANTS.
There was a bitter lesson in store for India from the use of the GE crops (more…)
Posted by Rita Banerji on October 22, 2012
Ever wonder how you can tell whether the vegetables you are buying are organic? Well, above is a picture of some tomatoes I bought last weekend. And here are some visual clues to tell whether your vegetable or fruit is organic: (more…)
Posted by Rita Banerji on October 16, 2012
If your summers are boiling, it is a good reason to do a tree count in your town or city. Each summer in India seems worse than the last. And it is not just because you feel sweat streaming down your face and back, but because there are people are actually dying of heat every day! (See this ‘Hundreds die in Indian heatwave‘). And one of the main reasons our summers are feeling more and more like HELL, is that more and more trees are being cut down. The trees that remain (more…)
Posted by Rita Banerji on June 5, 2012
One in every 5 humans that inhabits planet earth dumps his/her garbage in India.
GARBAGE = FILTH = DISEASE
Hence, one would expect an organized and efficient system of garbage collection/disposal to be a fundamental condition of nation management. However, garbage has a whole different story in India. And here it is in pictures.
At first glance it seems that there is no special place for garbage in India! There is garbage everywhere.
It is dumped under trees like this
Empty cartons and plates from the million food vendors that one sees everywhere in India, are piled (more…)
Posted by Rita Banerji on April 11, 2012
At the market yesterday, I was amused to see this little clay toy of a crow sitting on a water pitcher, holding what looks like a pebble in its mouth. It is obviously inspired by the famous old fable of the crow and the water pitcher — which I think every country and culture has a version of. In India this story is part of The Panchatantra Tales and in the west it is attributed to The Aesop’s Fables. But the story is the same:
A thirsty crow, in search of water came across a pitcher in which there was a little bit of water at the bottom. But it was too deep for him to reach. The crow then picked up pebbles with his beak (more…)
Posted by Rita Banerji on March 23, 2012