Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana Overview

Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana Wiki Overview

In this article I will give a detailed overview of Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana.

Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) is a government of India scheme which ensures the promotion of organic farming.

Is Organic Food Really Good?

Before going into the details of PKVY Scheme I would like to highlight that organic food in general is popular more for what it does not contain than for what it does – namely synthetic fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides. And this in itself has a huge effect on your health, and the health of our environment.

Is Organic Food Something New?

Organic food industry is a big and growing industry in the West today, as they are slowly realizing the harmful side-effects of mechanized farming,   strong pesticides/ insecticides and livestock pumped up with steroids and antibiotics. India, a predominantly agricultural country, after having experimented with Western-style farming for 50 years is now going back to its traditional organic farming methods which she has been practicing for millennia. Earlier I have talked about 23 Major Benefits of Organic Diet.

Organic Farming in India

Schemes like Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) helps in developing organic clusters and make available chemical free inputs to farmers.

There has been a 17 fold increase in cultivated area under certified organic farming in last one decade (42,000 ha in 2003-04 to 7.23 lakh ha in 2013-14) – which implies that organic farming in India has grown at 33% per annum CAGR over the last decade.

In 2001, Government of India implemented the National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP). This program involves the promotion of organic farming, accreditation program for certification agencies, norms for organic production etc. Nagaland, Mizoram, Sikkim, Uttaranchal, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Kerala have been promoting organic farming.

The government has been promoting organic farming through various schemes/ programs under:

Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana Wiki

  • Groups of farmers would be encouraged to take up organic farming under Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY).
  • Under this scheme, 50 or more farmers will form a cluster of 50 acre land to use organic farming.
  • In 3 years 10,000 clusters will be formed covering 5.0 lakh acre area under organic farming.
  • Farmers will have no liability for expenditure on certification.
  • Government will give every Rs. 20,000 per acre in three years for seed to harvesting of crops and to transport produce to the market.
  • Rs 300 crore has been allocated for the scheme during the year 2015-16.

India holds the second largest agricultural land in the world [157.35 million hectares]. Schemes like Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) is helping to develop organic clusters and make available chemical free inputs to farmers. Along with Agricultural Technology Management Agency(ATMA) , Small Farmers Agribusiness Consortium (SFAC) and Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana, agriculture sector promises attractive opportunities. Agriculture GDP growth for the current year is estimated at 4.6 per cent compared to 4.0 per cent in the last four years. A sustainable growth of 4 per cent is to be achieved each year. Thus there is huge scope in this sector, especially in organic farming in India.

Organic food is far superior to conventional food. Historically a country like India has always believed that as humans we must respect and revere nature because we are an integral part of it. And keeping this philosophy in mind, our farming methods have always been organic and natural. Unfortunately, some 50 years back to embrace “modern farming techniques” Indian farmers were incentivized to follow Western agricultural practices and methods of mono-cropping, using strong artificial synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides and herbicides. Today we can see the harm it has caused – underground water levels are depleted, water table is contaminated with chemicals from these pesticides, bugs have been more resistant and require stronger chemicals, soil quality has deteriorated and many previously green places have become arid and desert-like.

However we have now realized our mistakes and hopefully we will move to modernized “traditional” agriculture rather than Westernized agriculture, and see how of the damage can be undone. Organic farming is fast picking up pace and some of the positive changes are already visible in some places and communities. Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana is a great initiative in this regard.

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Reference

IBEF Report on Agriculture, 2016
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=118622

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Organic Tomatoes vs Conventional

In this post, I will share with you 27 Organic tomatoes vs Conventional Facts. Earlier I have talked about 17 Amazing Facts about Organic Tomatoes.

Organic tomatoes are grown naturally using fertilization and pest management techniques that do not use artificial or synthetic chemicals. Conventional tomatoes are however grown using modern farming techniques – artificial fertilizers, chemicals, herbicides, synthetic pesticides and mechanized processes.

27 Organic tomatoes vs Conventional Facts

# Aspect Conventional Tomatoes Organic Tomatoes
1 Pesticide Conventional Tomatoes are one of the highest pesticide sprayed vegetables in the world. Organic tomatoes have very low pesticide residue.
2 Pesticide Synthetic pesticides are a significant health risk and may cause birth defects, nervous system damage, hormone disruptions, respiratory disorders and various types of cancers. With organic toamtoes, the chances of these health problems are automatically reduced.
3 Pesticide Pesticides have been shown to reduce biodiversity, destroy bird habitats and threaten endangered species.
4 Pesticide Pesticides are a major cause of water pollution.
5 Artificial Fertilizer Conventional Tomato farming relies heavily upon strong artificial fertilizers. Organic tomatoes do not use artificial fertilizers.
6 Artificial Fertilizer Synthetic fertilizers have been shown to play a significant role in contaminating the environment. Organic tomato farming is environment friendly.
7 Artificial Fertilizer Another negative impact of synthetic fertilizer is that most of the nitrogen in the fertilizers is unused and seeps into waterways where it creates algae blooms, which absorb oxygen from the water and suffocate fish and other aquatic life. Organic tomato farming ensures that aquatic life is not impacted.
8 Soil Health Studies have shown that conventional farming leading to deterioration a soil quality as well as desertification in the worst case. Organic tomatoes agriculture sustains the health of soils, as strong chemicals are not used.
9 Soil Health Heavy use of pesticides and fertilizers in conventional tomato farming depletes the land and makes it less arable. Organic tomato cultivation uses a number of techniques to ensure that this does not happen.
10 Soil Health The use of fertilizers hardens the soil and makes it difficult to grow crops without using stringer chemicals. This leads to a vicious cycle which damages the crop, the environment and the local Eco-system.
11 Size Conventional tomatoes are 70% bigger in size than organic tomatoes.
12 Vitamin C Studies have shown that organic tomatoes have 57% more Vitamin C.
13 Anti-oxidants Organic fruits in general contain 40% more antioxidants
14 Anti-oxidants Organic tomatoes have double the concentration of two specific types of flavonoids – quercetin and kaempferol – which are known to have potent antioxidant properties.
15 Beneficial Minerals Organic fruits are said to have more beneficial minerals.
16 Flavonoids Organic tomatoes have 2x more phenolic compounds such as flavonoids which help the body help the body fight oxidative stress – a form of chemical damage linked to chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancer and dementia
17 Lycopene Found in higher concentration in organic tomatoes, the flavonoid lycopene is known to slow tumor growth.
18 Lycopene Lycopene has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of stroke
19 Lycopene Lycopene has also been shown to reduce the risk of prostrate cancer.
20 Cooked Tomatoes When organic tomatoes are cooked the bio-availability of lycopene actually increases rather than decreases as in other raw foods, and hence cooked organic tomatoes are actually more nutritious and healthier.
21 Cooked Tomatoes Overall antioxidant levels actually increase by 30% when organic tomatoes are cooked.
22 GMO Organic tomatoes are GMO free and hence contains no unnatural or artificial genetic modifications.
23 Economic Benefit Since organic tomatoes are sourced locally, the money stays within the community.
24 Economic Benefit Middle-men and large corporations eat up the profits of local farmers. The organic farmer stands to gain monetarily because he can sell his tomatoes directly to the market without needing middle-men or multiple aggregators.
25 Environmental Benefit There is practically no long-distance transportation of organic tomatoes, hence there is also no carbon emission.
26 Environmental Benefit Organic farming ensures that the tomato plants stay healthy and natural, and this ensures protection of environment.
27 Overall Benefit Holistic benefits of organic tomatoes consumption include improved overall health of families and communities and better overall health because of use of organic produce, ensures lower medical costs and higher prosperity.

Conclusion:

For centuries we in India we have been growing nutritious food in healthy soil with no artificial pesticides and chemicals. Yet to become modern, India started introducing large scale mechanized farming, artificial fertilizers, synthetic pesticides and chemicals since the 1960’s! We were copying America. The result has not been good – farm productivity has actually come down and farm produce has become harmful because of heavier concentration of these strong chemicals. Today the world is moving back to organic cultivation methods, and Indian farming is once again going back to its organic roots.

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Benefits of Organic Baby Food

Benefits of Organic Baby Food

In this article I will talk about all the wonderful benefits of organic baby food.

We all want to give our children the best start in life. So we try to ensure that we give the best possible food. We spend a lot of time in doing research and will not hesitate to spend any amount of money for the health of our children.

Yet despite our best efforts we may not always be able to do so because even the best quality food may have some undesirable content. For example, conventional farming uses a lot of strong chemicals, fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides and insecticides, a significant amount of which is actually absorbed by the produce. Studies have show that many of these chemicals are harmful for our health and more so in the case of children and babies.

Before going into the details I would like to highlight that organic food in general is popular more for what it does not contain than for what it does – namely synthetic fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides. And this in itself has a huge effect on your baby’s health, your health and the health of your environment. And please note that organic baby food not only refers to off the shelf food packets available in store but also to home-made baby food using organic produce.

Benefits of Organic Baby Food

  1. Animals in conventional dairy farms are treated with a lot of antibiotics and hormones. These make their way to the milk and milk products, and may have a harmful impact on a child’s health. Organic milk will not contain such harmful substances.
  2. In an earlier article, I had shown that organic milk contains significantly more omega-3 fatty acids than non-organic milk. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to protect against heart disease and improve children’s brain development.
  3. Organic cheese has been shown to have 2x nutrients compared to conventional cheese. Some studies have shown that 0rganic wheat, tomatoes, potatoes, cabbage, onions and lettuce have 30 per cent more nutrients.
  4. Conventionally farmed fruits and vegetables often have pesticide residues. While there are agencies which strictly monitor if the levels are acceptable or not, studies have shown that high level of pesticides are harmful to human beings. And a baby is more vulnerable to residue pesticides than adults because:
    – a baby eats more for its size than does an adult
    – a baby produces comparatively lower levels of the enzymes required to neutralize the effect of these pesticides
    Therefore organic baby food which is made from organic produce is a much better option.
  5. A study published in Environmental health perspectives found that children eating conventional food had a significant amount of pesticides in their system. However once they shifted to an organic diet, the pesticides in their system disappeared quickly.
  6. A study has shown that  that children born to women exposed to pesticides in agricultural fields or communities have lower IQs and other troubling health outcomes.
  7. Three independent studies tracked women exposed to higher amounts of organophosphate pesticides while pregnant and found that once those children reached elementary-school age, they had IQs averaging several points below those of their peers.
  8. According to a research by Environmental Working Group, you can reduce by 90% your pesticide exposure by shifting to organic apples, organic grapes (including juices), organic baby food, organic potatoes, organic spinach and a few other fruits and vegetables.
  9. Many parents prefer organic baby food because it is environmentally friendly. Pesticides used in conventional farming harm the environment in many ways – soil, water, air contamination and negatively impacting biodiversity.
  10. Many food scientists believe that organic baby food get more intensely regulated than non-organic food and hence is of much better quality.

Conclusion

Children’s bodies are delicate. They are still growing and their immune syetm is still developing. It takes time before their detoxification system becomes mature and at this time if they are exposed to harmful chemicals or pesticide residues, it may have long term impact.

Moreover children eat much more relative to an adult on a weight basis and hence anything bad in the food has a greater effect of children. Organic baby food may be more expensive than conventional baby food but it limits a baby’s exposure to chemical at an important stage of their growth.

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References

(1) http://www.babycentre.co.uk/x9151/are-organic-foods-better-for-my-baby
(2) http://www.babycentre.co.uk/a1043399/pesticides-what-you-need-to-know
(3) http://www.babble.com/best-recipes/organic-food-buying-guide/
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23 Major Benefits of Organic Diet

23 Major Benefits of Organic Diet

In this article I will talk about 23 Major benefits of organic diet in terms of its positive impact on health, environmental, community and local economy.

Organic food industry is a big and growing industry in the West today, as they are slowly realizing the harmful side-effects of mechanized farming,   strong pesticides/ insecticides and livestock pumped up with steroids and antibiotics. India, a predominantly agricultural country, after having experimented with Western-style farming for 50 years is now going back to its traditional organic farming methods which she has been practicing for millennia.

But why is organic food such a big deal? Why is organic farming on the rise?

It is so because organic food is grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers, artificial chemicals, genetic engineering and relies on natural or mechanical methods for pest control rather than on strong and potentially harmful insecticides and pesticides. As an illustration, if you eat just one thoroughly-washed apple, even then you could be potentially exposing yourself to 25 chemicals! Again studies have shown that about 60% of weed eliminators, 90% of mold eliminators, and 30% of insect eliminating chemicals may cause cancer. All this indirectly reaches our body via food produced conventionally.

Some of the 23 major benefits of organic diet are given below.

12 Major Health Benefits of Organic Diet

  1. Non-organic diet may contain chemicals like organophosphorus which are harmful for humans, which is not the case in organic diet.
  2. Even in small doses pesticide intake indirect via food made conventionally, can potentially increase the risk of cancer. An organic diet can prevent such a scenario.
  3. An organic diet is useful in ensuring higher consumption of nutritionally desirable anti-oxidants.
    Organic diet is free from herbicides and pesticides which have been linked to diseases like immune disorders and infertility.
  4. An organic diet introduces less than 1/6th the carcinogens in a baby’s blood as compared to a normal diet.
    Since organic produce is generally sourced locally and not-transported over long distances, the food is fresh.
  5. Not only is organic diet healthy, it is in fact tastier than non-organic because it is produced and sold locally and not stored in cold storage and transported over long distances.
  6. Organic diet is GMO free and hence contains no unnatural or artificial genetic modifications.
  7. A diet consisting of organic milk is healthier than normal diet as organic milk has 50% more nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids than normal milk. In fact, there are 17 reasons why Organic milk is better than normal milk.
  8. Organic tomatoes have upto 50% higher concentrations of vitamin C and over twice the quantity of phenolic compounds as compared to normal tomatoes. which helps the body fight oxidative stress – a form of chemical damage linked to chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancer and dementia.
  9. Organic strawberries have more nutrients and antioxidants than normal ones.
  10. Organically raised cows are not administered antibiotics or growth hormones – hence organic milk is free from the harmful effect of such chemicals.
  11. Organic milk has 70% more Omega 3 Fatty acids as compared to regular milk, and hence is more effective than regular milk for healthy growth.
  12. European research has shown that if infants and mothers eat organic dairy produce, the children are 36 per cent less likely to develop eczema.

5 Community & Economic Benefits of Organic Diet

  1. An organic diet ensures that you will be helping your local community as organic produce us generally sourced locally.
  2. Moreover since the money stays within the community, you will indirectly contribute to its economic prosperity.
  3. You will also be helping the farmers monetarily, because organic farmers generally bypass the normal middle-men and conventional channel of produce distribution. So there is no middle-man commission and the full money reaches the farmers.
  4. By supporting organic farming you are supporting small business and job creation in your local community.
  5. Better overall health because of use of organic produce, ensures lower medical costs and higher prosperity.

6 Critical Environmental Benefits of Organic Diet

  1. An organic diet indirectly contributes to reduction of carbon emission as there is practically no long-distance transportation of organic produce.
  2. Organic farming ensures that plants stay healthy and natural, and this ensures protection of environment.
  3. You will be significantly contributing to soil improvement through your organic diet. As organic farming does not use strong chemicals, there is minimal impact to soil health. In fact studies have show that mechanized farming often leads to deterioration in soil quality and in worst cases can cause desertification.
  4. Organic farming does not damage water sources as no artificial chemicals are used.
  5. Organic farming does not cause any air pollution, since heavy machinery is not used.
  6. Organic farming tries to work along with nature and wild-life rather than working against them, and this your organic diet is helping preserve our ecological balance and biodiversity.

Who would not want these benefits? Why would someone knowingly take pesticide-laced vegetables, fruits and cereals? Would you rather destroy your environment or help preserve our ecological balance and biodiversity? Would you rather have super-rich corporations or all-round economic prosperity? The answer is obvious. So do make the right choice and switch to organic food, to avail the numerous benefits of organic diet.

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References

(1) http://www.fullcircle.com/goodfoodlife/2012/05/29/organic-carrots-nutritional-benefits/
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(6) 2016 European study
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14 Organic Food Stores in Kolkata

Organic Food Stores in Kolkata

In this post I will share a list of 14 organic food stores in Kolkata where you can buy certified organic fruits, vegetables, cereals and other food items.

Organic food industry is growing in leaps and bounds in India. And Kolkata is not to be left behind. People are becoming more health conscious. They realize the benefits of organic food.

Organic food is that which is grown naturally without using artificial fertilizers or synthetic insecticides. Organic produce has a lot of health benefits as organic fruits and vegetables contain no artificial pesticide residue. Plus organic food is also good for soil health and environment.

In the last 5 years the number of organic food stores in Kolkata has gone up significantly. Departmental stores, stores like Fabindia as well as specialized organic fruits and vegetables in Kolkata have now come up.

As per Whatsupkolkata, “ A food chain supply which was initially popularized by Arambagh Food Marts and WestBengal Govt. initiative, Haringhata distributors, has now become a lengthy system, with more than 1000 brand distributors selling over 100000 organic products in general supermarkets like C3, Spencer’s, Big Bazaar and also exclusive stores like Rainbow and Fab India in Kolkata.

Of all organic food in Kolkata, organic tea sells the most. Here are 17 wonderful benefits of organic tea. Kolkatan’s are adopting organic food very well and organic food sale is growing 60% year on year, and is expected to grow even faster in the next few years.

Organic Food Stores in Kolkata

#1 Rainbow Organics

Website: www.rainboworganics.in

Rainbow Organics is a well-known organic food store in Kolkata, selling a wide range of organic products. As per their website, “Rainbow has been specially created to cater to those who have been on the lookout for a balanced, healthy and holistic lifestyle, but did not know, till date, where to turn to. Rainbow believes in creating & maintaining a balance among all the five senses for optimum holistic living by taking care of your various requirements.”

Rainbow opened in May 2011. “We started shop because we realised there was a market for organic food in Calcutta that was completely untapped. There were one or two stores (remember Health Shoppe on Rowland Row?) but they shut down. There is a large community of people who want to go organic but don’t have the know-how,” says Deven Doshi, partner, Rainbow.

Open All Days: 10:30 AM to 9:30 PM

Rainbow Organics in Kolkata sells:

  • organic food items – coffee, green tea, herbal teas, oil, sweetners, snacks etc
  • personal care products across body care, face care, hair care and other categories
  • home care products like air freshners, candles, incense and holders
  • gift items

Rainbow Organic Stores

  • Cafe Organica: 4, Sunny Park, Kolkata – 700019, Phone: 033 40647678
  • Flagship Store:  33B Sarat Bose Road, Kolkata – 700020, Phone: +91 33 2485 1442
  • Diamond Plaza Mall: 4th Floor, 68, Jessore Road, Kolkata – 700055, Phone: 91 9007 081 400

# 2 Casa Puro

Website: www.casapuro.in

Casa Puro sells organic rice, organic spices, organic herbal tea, organic dry fruits and nuts and organic honey.

Address: Casa Puro 60 Hemanta Basu Sarani, Kolkata 700001, India. Phone: +91-9830067949

# 3 Arome Dry Fruits

Dry Fruit Store, Shop No. 2-B, Bhawanipur Police Station, Sambhunath Pandit Road Phone: 033 4006 0440

# 4 Health Food Centre

Health Food Store , 8/1, Loudon Street, Loudon Street Phone: 033 2247 9790

# 5 ONganic

Organic Food Store, Debendra Lal Khan Rd, Sector-1 Phone: 084201 04759

# 6 Bio Organic

Farmers’ Market Address: 13/5, Jadavpur, Deshbandhu Rd, Phone: 085838 06797

# 7 Salt n Soap

Website: www.saltnsoap.com

Salt n Soap provides an online portal where they offer a huge range of products and provide online Grocery Shopping in Kolkata. They stock organic food items.

Address: Bluebeaks Solutions LLP, 4A KP Roy Lane, Dhakuria Kolkata, West Bengal, 700031 Phone: 91 33 23581245

# 8 On A Healthy Note

Website: www.onahealthynote.com

On a Healthy Notes strives “to provide natural, healthier alternatives to enhance your lifestyle, improve your well being and increase your vitality.” They have an online shopping portal through which they offer their various organic products. Some of the brands they sell are Ecofarms, Conscious Food, Zero G, Sattvic Organics, Organic India, Madhuban Natural etc.

Address: AE 31, Salt Lake City, Kolkata, West Bengal, 700064 Phone: 919830476761
Address: On A Healthy Note , Health Notes, P-5 Kalakar Street, Gr Floor , Kolkata – 700007

# 9 Tona- Organic Village

Website: www.organic-tona.com

TONA Village produces organic rice, wheat flour,  fruit beverages and jams, spices, pickles, oils and health supplements.

Address: 866,Block A, Manorama Apartment, Lake Town, Kolkata, 700089, Phone: 098300 96686

# 10 Earth Haat

Website: www.earthhaat.com

Earth Haat’s motto is to “deliver fresh organic produce to more people while establishing farmer accountability and source transparency to ensure all organic standards and guidelines are met”. They sell organic fruits, vegetables, jam & cheese, organic cereals, organic fruit juices, rice, atta, flour, spices etc.

Address: AD 300,Rabindra Pally, Keshtopur, Kolkata, West Bengal, 700101 Phone: 033 2571 1001

# 11 Spencers

Spencer’s offers a range of 250 products under the organic food category. The product basket consists of cereals, grains, flours, dry fruits, and even processed food products like pickles, jams, marmalade, honey, syrup, savouries and tea. “We have products from companies like 24-Letter Mantra, Organica, Pristine, Nourish Organic, Organic India are major players. We also have an imported organic range (Clear Spring ) from countries like Japan,” a Spencer’s spokesperson had said as per a newspaper report.

# 12 Super Supplements

They sell organic nutrient supplements like mass gainers and protein supplement.

Address : Shop no.523, 3rd Floor, Sriram Arcade, New Market, , Kolkata, West Bengal-700087 ,India

# 13 Bhagyalakshmi City Center

Bhagyalakshmi in City Center, Saltlake sells organic spices, pulses, cereals, pickles, jellies, vegetable and fruits.

Address: Shop No. F013 & 014, Ground floor, Block – DC, Sector 1, Salt Lake City, Kolkata, West Bengal 700064

# 14 Bigbasket

Website: http://www.bigbasket.com

Bigbasket is the first comprehensive online grocery store in Kolkata, Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune, Mysore, Delhi-Noida-Gurgaon, Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Vijayawada, Ahmedabad, Nasik, Lucknow, Vadodara, Nagpur, Ahmedabad, Visakhapatnam & Patna. They sell alsmot all known varieties of Organic food item and deliver them to your house very promptly.

I have been using Bigbalset now for almost 3 years and till date their service has been awesome. So if you want to buy organic food in Kolkata, Bigbasket is the best online option.

Conclusion

This list by no means comprehensive. Organic food industry is a very dynamic business. New organic food stores in Kolkata are coming up, while quite a few have actually shut shop or moved to more lucrative markets like Mumbai and Bangalore. That being said, there is a plethora of options in Kolkata. People are now extremely health conscious and even don’t mind paying a little extra for healthier food.

Let us quickly do a recap of some of the benefits of organic food:
– contains fewer pesticides
– fresher
– GMO-free
– organic farming is better for environment
– money reaches farmer directly, middle-men reduced
– organic milk is rich in nutrients
– some organic fruits like tomatoes are actually richer in some nutrients

Who would not want these benefits? Why would someone knowingly take pesticide-laced vegetables, fruits and cereals, when you can get farm fresh and high quality stuff from online as well as various organic food stores?

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17 Wonderful Benefits of Organic Tea

Benefits of Organic Tea

In this article I will talk about 17 wonderful benefits of organic tea in terms of health, environment, biodiversity and economic benefits.

As we are all aware, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world next to water. An Indian drinks at least 2 cups of tea per day on an average, and in US approximately 4 in 5 people consume tea. Tea has a lot of health benefits which accrue over a long period of time. Since tea is so widely consumed we should ensure that the positive benefits of tea remain and they are not cancelled out because of other factors. This is where organic tea plays a very important role, and in the next few paragraphs I will explain why organic tea is better.

Before we get started I would like to highlight that organic tea is popular more because of what it does not contain than rather  for what it does – namely synthetic fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides. And this in itself has a huge effect on your health and the health of your environment. I have earlier touched upon the general benefits of organic produce.

Benefits of Organic Tea

  1. Herbicides have been shown to increase the risk of certain cancers or to cause Parkinson’s disease. Organic tea is free of herbicides.
  2. Synthetic pesticides are a significant health risk and may cause birth defects, nervous system damage, hormone disruptions, respiratory disorders and various types of cancers. Pesticides are not used when growing organic tea.
  3. Pesticides are a major cause of water pollution.
  4. Pesticides have been shown to reduce biodiversity, destroy bird habitats and threaten endangered species. As per newspaper reports in West Bengal at least 10 leopards and several elephants died between 1999 and 2001 due to leakage of pesticides from tea gardens. Organic tea farming directly contributes to preventing such environmental hazards.
  5. Organic tea agriculture sustains the health of soils, as strong chemicals are not used. In fact studies have shown mechanized farming leading to deterioration a soil quality as well as desertification in the worst case.
  6. Heavy use of pesticides and fertilizers in conventional tea farming depletes the land and makes it less arable. Organic tea cultivation uses a number of techniques to ensure that this does not happen.
    • Cow dung is used as fertilizer.
    • Cow urine is used as an insect repellent.
    • Neem  trees are planted for shade.
    • Weeding is done manually to avoid herbicides.
  7. Depending on the pest infestation, many tea farmers in conventional spray their plants many times in a year. Most of the times untrained people, women and even children spray these toxic chemicals without being protected by recommended safety gear such as masks, gloves, rubber boots, and polythene aprons. Organic tea farming as explained above avoids all these and is thus better for the health of tea plantation workers.
  8. In Asia, conventionally grown tea is one of the most environmentally damaging crops. Because they are grown at higher levels, all the chemicals run down the mountains and wreak havoc on fields, rivers, ponds, rivers and forests below. Organic tea cultivation ensures that such things do not happen.
  9. Organic tea farming does not damage water sources as no artificial chemicals are used.
  10. Synthetic fertilizers have been shown to play a significant role in contaminating the environment. Organic tea is grown without using synthetic fertilizers.
  11. Another negative impact of synthetic fertilizer is that most of the nitrogen in the fertilizers is unused and seeps into waterways where it creates algae blooms, which absorb oxygen from the water and suffocate fish and other aquatic life. Organic tea farming ensures that aquatic life is not impacted.
  12. The nitrogen also seeps into ground-water thereby causing massive contamination. Tea grown organically does not have this kind of negative impact on ground water.
  13. Organic tea tastes better. China and India, the major tea producers have tried to maintain natural harmony in tea gardens resulting in unique tea flavors – however the onset of standardized mechanical farming negatively affected this uniqueness.
  14. The use of fertilizers hardens the soil and makes it difficult to grow crops without using stringer chemicals. This leads to a vicious cycle which damages the tea plant, the environment and the local Eco-system. Organic tea has no such detrimental effect on its key players.
  15. In many places in China and in some in India, tea gardens are a family business and tea garden owners prefer to use traditional organic farming techniques and use natural materials. Organic Tea typically helps support these small farmers and small farms.
  16. Holistic benefits of organic tea farming include improved overall health of families and communities.
  17. Better overall health because of consumption of organic tea, ensures lower medical costs and higher prosperity.

Conclusion

To conclude, it is obvious that organic tea is far superior to conventional tea because of its benefits across five fronts – your health, the health of tea plantation workers, health of wild-life and other creatures, environmental preservation and economic prosperity. Historically a country like India has always believed that as humans we must respect and revere nature because we are an integral part of it. And keeping this philosophy in mind, our farming methods have always been organic and natural.

Unfortunately, some 50 years back to embrace “modern farming techniques” Indian farmers were incentivized to follow Western agricultural practices and methods of mono-cropping, using strong artificial synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides and herbicides. Today we can see the harm it has caused – underground water levels are depleted, water table is contaminated with chemicals from these pesticides, bugs have been more resistant and require stronger chemicals, soil quality has deteriorated and many previously green places have become arid and desert-like.

However we have now realized our mistakes and hopefully we will move to modernized “traditional” agriculture rather than Westernized agriculture, and see how of the damage can be undone. Organic tea cultivation is fast picking up pace and some of the positive changes are already visible in some places and communities.

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