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Must Watch: Future Of food

25 Jun

Future of food is a documentary that delves into the mass production of food that has given rise to patented, genetically engineered crops. These companies, in their quest for high yields, have killed zillions of varieties of indigenous crops. I first go to know about the loss of bio-diversity when I watched this news item on a seed bank in Norway; did you know that till the mid-1800s there were over 3000 varieties of apples and now all that are left are a few hundred varieties?

This documentary raises some very pertinent questions, especially on how the crops (and seeds) are managed. Typically, farmers save a few good quality seeds from their harvest to use for the next season. Now, there are big corporations like Monsanto entering the foray and enticing the farmers with higher yields by using their seeds. After the harvest, the farmers cannot re-use the seeds as the plants are genetically modified such that the seeds do not give raise to saplings. This makes the farmers dependent on these big corporations for seeds every year and this eventually kills locally grown crops. Farmers are realizing (and understanding) the ill-effects of using these seeds now which has led to them modifying their approach.


Now, what can we do as consumers? A lot, actually. As a first step, we should promote crops (vegetables, fruits etc) that are grown in a sustainable way instead of buying them from the supermarket. You can visit your local Farmer’s markets or shops that actively promote and buy crops from local farmers who do sustainable farming. This actually has 2-fold benefit (atleast) – firstly you are promoting the local indigenous plants and helping them survive (environmental benefit); secondly with time fruits tend to lose a lot of its nutritive value – there is no way to know when the fruits where picked when you buy it from a supermarket while that is not true when you buy from your local farmer’s market or CSA (personal health benefit). Finally, what can compare with the pleasure of eating freshly picked seasonal fruits and vegetables! I personally enjoy waiting for summer which marks the onset of the arrival of cherries, strawberries, the fall for the melons, the spring for the different varieties of greens.

Shameless Plug: Watch this documentary here.

Further Read:
Barbara of Tigers & Strawberries has written an interesting article that is worth your time.
Read this to know about the health benefits of eating seasonally.

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Posted by on June 25, 2008 in General, Uncategorized

 

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7 responses to “Must Watch: Future Of food

  1. Laksh

    June 26, 2008 at 12:24 AM

    Sounds very interesting! We recently got a mailer for CSA near our home and were planning to join in. Reading this makes it more appealing.

     
  2. Madhuram

    June 26, 2008 at 1:53 AM

    Very interesting and useful information Akay. Going right away to the other articles to know more about this issue. Thanks for bringing to our notice.

     
  3. Priya

    June 26, 2008 at 11:38 PM

    I was shocked to read a few months back that orange was not the color of carrots. It was chosen for its eye-appeal! Though the organic stores are a little expensive now, only demand that can lower the costs. Most of our ‘fresh’ produce in the East seems to fly in from the West, thats a whole lot of fuel used and a lot of lying arnd in bins for the food. Local produce and sometimes even frozen seem to be better options these days. Thank you for the post A-Kay

     
  4. Yogasophy

    June 30, 2008 at 3:28 AM

    Well put, thank you Akay. I conquer with you, as the consumer, Yes, there’s lot of simple things we can all do to support the positive change for the greater good of the farming community. Walk to the Farmer’s market every weekend is one of the thing we really forward, the entire experience of the walk, chatting with the farmer vendors and the music are totally relaxing indeed. We found that simple actions (telling to your new neighbors who may not know about it yet, taking your guests to a walk to farmer’s market) are a great way to strengthen the community awareness.

    Keep up the good work.

    Best,
    YG

     
  5. Me

    July 23, 2008 at 12:12 AM

    Enna aachi AK..long time no posts and site was down for a while..is everything ok??

    Thanks for checking 🙂 Everything is fine. 3 week vacation and the server decided to act up right then. Fixed it after I got back. Normal business will resume soon. – A-kay

     
  6. Me

    July 23, 2008 at 6:31 AM

    🙂

     
  7. Mads

    August 7, 2008 at 7:18 AM

    A-kay,Where are you? Long since you posted anything.

     

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