Our Agenda for survival Ep3: I have a problem with illegal GM in my food
A recent study by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) found genetically modified ingredients in processed foods sold in India. Sunita Narain, director general of CSE and editor of Down To Earth raises questions on legality of these products in the Indian market and asks why Indian consumers are deprived of their right to make an informed choice about food they eat?
How CSE tested GM ingredients in packaged foods
Rajarshi Banerjee, who heads CSE's laboratory, explains the method adopted to detect …
Why farmers in Uttarakhand prefer indigenous seeds over hybrids
In Uttarakhand, farmers are slowly shifting away from hybrid seeds to traditional varieties. They find the traditional seeds better resilient to climatic conditions of the region and well suited to organic cultivation. These seeds produce better fodder as well.
Green Living Part 2: Homemade toothpaste in 4 minutes with Kirti Negi Bajoria
Making your own toothpaste is easier than you think. Kirti Negi Bajoria, a professional who is on a sabbatical makes different household and personal care products on her own. In this video, she demonstrates a simple recipe for toothpaste.
Green living: Why I make my own toothpaste, shampoo and body wash at home
Kirti Negi Bajoria took a sabbatical when her child was born. Ever since then she has been making her toiletries and hygiene products at home. She does this to protect her family, particularly her child, from harmful chemicals. She makes more than a dozen of different products from natural substances.
FabIndia School Bali, Pali : How to make your school green
FabIndia School Bali, Pali is a shining example of resource efficiency. It draws 90 per cent of its electricity from solar, harvests rainwater, segregates and composts its waste, has banned packaged food in its campus. It also has its own organic farm.
Biopesticide: an organic and eco-friendly alternative to chemical pesticide
Harendra Singh Lodhiyal is a farmer who promotes sustainable and eco-friendly farming in Ramgarh block of Nainital district, Uttarakhand. He makes this biopesticide with locally available leaves and wild grass.
Our Agenda for survival EP2: Rethinking comfort: We should not make air-conditioners a status symbol
Managing our cooling and heating demands is critical to environmental sustainability. Are we doing it right? Sunita Narain explains why we need to rethink comfort and push for better standards both in the way we build our buildings and the efficiency of devices we use.
Delhi Public School, Patna: How to make your school green
Delhi Public School in Patna is a shining example of resource efficiency. It harvests rainwater, segregates its waste, is energy efficient and has banned junk food in its campus. All the students know about effects of air pollution and travel to school only by buses.
Kendriya Vidyalaya Pangode: How to make your school green and sustainable?
Kendriya Vidyalaya Pangode is one of greenest schools in the country. It has put in place a host of sustainable practices including good waste management, rainwater harvesting, energy efficiency measures, and a good food programme.
Good Food : Nutrition-rich stir fried Mocha (banana flower)
Banana flower is called Mocha in Bengali language. This flower has been a part of various cuisines in india which includes Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharastra and West Bengal. The flower has a sour taste and needs to be cooked properly. It has been scientifically proven to treat diseases such as dysentery, ulcers and bronchitis. Research studies have shown that the flower has …
Good News: This man is reviving Hauz Khas lake using artificial wetlands
Tarun Sebastian Nanda, a civil and environmental engineer has taken up a project of cleaning the Hauz Khas lake in Delhi by using artificially constructed wetlands. These wetlands act as biofilters, and are far easier to maintain than mechanical treatment plants
Save the sparrows: How to build a nest with Rakesh Khatri
Mr Rakesh Khatri has actively promoted sparrow conservation. Since 2007, he has been building nests for sparrows using natural material like bamboo, jute and coir. He trains young people to build these nests so that they could put them up around the city.
Water budget: Accounting of water at the time of climate change
When most of Maharashtra was facing drought in 2016, this tiny village called Kumbharwadi in Ahmednagar district was watersufficient. This was because in 2015 they had started a programme to budget their water resources. They were guided by a Pune-based think tank called Watershed Organisation Trust.
First Food: Celebrating the India's Food Biodiversity
Down to Earth combined with Chor Bizarre, an Indian restaurant chain to celebrate an evening of traditional yet unique foods of India. Chef Rajiv Malhotra and his team cooked 20 recipes from 10 India States. All these recipes were picked up from the book called First Food -Culture of Taste. A short preview of the evening.
Food safety: How to detect adulteration in milk in 2 minutes
These are easy steps to detect adulteration in milk that can be done at home. This video describes how to detect adulteration of water, starch and detergent. The steps are prescribed by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India