Please excuse the long-ish editorial ahead.
This is an answer to a GMO advocate who jumped into internet schooling our friend recently on the benefits of genetically engineered foods. Let’s call him Peter.
Peter thinks that in “3rd world countries” like India, genetic engineering crops will help save children and people from dying. He used this example to further illustrate his point that farmers need this technology.
While it’s not about the technology itself, it’s about how it’s introduced. In this article, the author Colin talks about how these technologies when “rolled out” poorly aren’t a choice anymore, they’re tyranny.
There’s also one more ramification: Food security isn’t just ensuring people are fed. It also includes the safety and sovereignty of food, which is usually ignored.
According to Colin, the Green Revolution just added more wheat to our diet. Not to mention the effect it had on the plant and insect diversity.
India doesn’t need just food anymore, India needs diversity and better nutrition in her food.
At Edible Issues, our goal is not to take sides, there are pros and cons to each. It is to alleviate as much misinformation as possible. Farmers, when explained about what to grow and how to grow by a clear & neutral party won’t be swayed easily. And people, if they understand that the technologies aren’t necessarily bad, but who, why and how the said technology is being implemented.
Meanwhile, dive into this week’s issue and share this with any Peter you might know?
Anusha and Elizabeth
The Refugee Women Turning Tastes of Home Into a Food-Delivery Business: Atlas Obscura
The Living Lab is a small collective of migrant and refugee women from Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, and other conflict-ridden countries which comes together, cooks, and shares recipes in South Delhi.
India’s honey biz is not the bee’s knees, but it’s trying: The Ken
India’s honey market worth Rs 1,550 crore ($216 million) in 2018, is estimated to double in the next five years, but there are many hurdles that stand in the way of the Government’s Honey Mission.
How Indian restaurateurs united on WhatsApp in five hours to fight food-delivery apps The inside story of how NRAI gathered all the restaurant partners to lead its recent boycott movement. In this interview with Quartz, Anurag Katriar, head of NRAI’s Mumbai chapter, talks about the movement.
Zero Budget Natural Farming: Another Case of ‘Raw Wisdom’ Over Science?
Touted to reduce input costs and increase productivity, the Zero Bidget Natural Farming is celebrated by the Indian Government. But does science agree?
Why Brazil’s new pesticide rules should worry India
TL,DR; India imports a lot of beans from Brazil and Brazil is now lax about its pesticide rules, so does this mean there’s a looming health crisis?
Par-lays off people
Parle has been facing a sharp drop in biscuit sales since 2017, which may result in layoffs for around 10000 people.
Nanotechnology promises less damage, better benefits for agricultural produce
The Government is turning to nanobiotechnology for low-cost, high-efficient solutions for Indian agricultural challenges.
Here’s a short and surprisingly complicated history of the bananas, which are one step closer to disappearing thanks to a new fungus in Latin America.
4 containers of the batter are sold every minute across the US and a man from Tirunelveli is behind this batter empire.
Reused oil, often discarded is picked up (illegally) and used for various purposes, which could lead to health hazards.
An analysis of over 4,00,000 food and drink products found that the UK, US and Australia had the healthiest packaged food while India has the most unhealthy food.
IIT students have created a product that essentially provides nutritious food to disaster struck victims stranded for days with nothing but the weekly supply of food aid to depend on.
Chicken is easy to cook, cheap, widely available and forbidden by no major religious belief system. So its popularity across India is unsurprising. However, the reality is often distasteful, as battery farmed chickens are raised in terrible conditions, and pumped with hormones and antibiotics. Mass-produced chicken enjoys mass popularity, but is it bland and unhealthy?
▶︎ Listen to this episode on the Real Food podcast to learn more about this.
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