Friday 15 November 2013

Author(s): Kundan Pandey, Jyotsna Singh

The malnutrition bazaar

Is India ready to protect itself from the onslaught of food and nutrition industry?

The malnutrition bazaar

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  • India remained malnourished

    India remained malnourished basically because -- after 1960 introduction of chemical inputs based agriculture system. In this system, traditional mixed crops are replaced by mono-crop system. The traditional agriculture system includes animal husbandry but this was eroded with new technology as this generated poor quality fodder. The food produced under the system is polluted and thus created new diseases. Dairy products, sea food, water based food, etc are all polluted. In addition to all these with poor governance the government projects are not running as planned. Many a times they are adulterated. Even the foods sold in the market are also adulterated. Because of this even elders -- rich or poor facing health problems and spending huge sums on them. In urban areas, children are living under un-hygenic conditions and same is the case with government hospitals. Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy

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  • India remained malnourished

    India remained malnourished basically because chemical inputs used in agriculture? pl explain..

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  • Pathangi Rambabu asks

    Pathangi Rambabu asks explanation on my observation "India remained malnourished basically because chemical inputs used in agriculture". Before green revolution, Indian farmers followed organic input agriculture and animal husbandry was a component of agriculture. The crops used -- mixed cropping -- form part of healthy food diet. With the green Revolution, in place of organic inputs entered chemical inputs. The mixed cropping changed to mono crop. With the input subsidy, cash crops replaced the healthy food crops. The fodder under traditional agriculture helped animal husbandry but with the mono crop grown under chemicals poor quality fodder kept animal husbandry out. This resulted poor quality food to feed humans that introduced new diseases, more particularly children, irrespective of poor or rich. Governments under PDS introduced rice & wheat that are primarily produced under chemical inputs. Even under the food security bill, with people like me demanded to introduce healthy food -- coarse cereals -- and government agreed and put in the scheme but it did not put any condition. As a result people go for rice & wheat as they are eating all along and not bothered on health. The food now eat is polluted, the milk we drink is polluted, the fish & prawns we eat are polluted, the meat we eat is polluted. The runoff of polluted water from agriculture fields enter water bodies/rivers and finally enter oceans/seas affecting biodiversity. In fact the environmental movement in USA in late 60s-early 70s started with a book written on the chemical inputs fertilizers. To divert this, the big businessmen with the help of UN/USA started climate change the defacto global warming by diverting pollution into greenhouse gases. -- see my book "Green" Green Revolution: Agriculture in the perspective of Climate Change [www.scribd.com] for details. Dr. S.Jeevananda Reddy

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