Organic Food and Health
A few decades ago, food grain production surged ahead with the onset of the green revolution. After experiencing famines, droughts and extreme food shortages in poor countries, fertilizers were considered a boon to agricultural production. Pesticides too substantially reduced the loss of crop production by destroying vermin that fed on crops.
Today, the rampant use of fertilizers and pesticides has taken its toll on human health and the environment. More than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered. The rate of extinction is eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles. The total mass of insects is falling by a precipitous 2.5% a year, according to the best data available, suggesting they could vanish within a century. This serious imbalance could result in the collapse of our fragile eco-system.
Research shows pesticides and fertilizers are the cause of many major diseases. Science and medicine are now redirecting our attention towards organically produced foods because the immense health benefits they have to offer. High costs of labour and production in the western world make the cost of organic food production prohibitive.
Fortunately, a few countries like India still produce indigenous strains of food grain and vegetables. Stringent legislation on entry and production of GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) products has encouraged organic food production. The State of Sikkim permits the production of organic food only. Use of synthetic pesticides and fertilisers is banned in the state since 2016.
This has resulted in lower production levels and more expensive produce but health comes at a premium. Organic products ensure healthy eating. We are proud to present to the world some of India’s finest organically produced food products!