Bhubaneswar: A Workshop-cum-Exhibition on “Safe and Nutritious Food” was organized at Odisha Environment Society, Bhubaneswar by Indo Global Social Service Society, New Delhi, NIRMAN and OES jointly with an objective to create awareness among the urban consumers about Safe and Nutritious Food and link them with the organic farmers. The current slogans like “grow more” by using chemicals, pesticides and hybrid seeds has endangered our traditionally cultivated nutritious food. Eventually, this slogan has caused degradation to soil, water and environment and turned our plate of food to more poisonous than nutritious. In response to the current scenario of unsafe food, adulterated food, lack of diverse nutritious food , the workshop cum exhibition has been organized to aware and provide the city based consumers both alternatives, best choices. The participants were sensitized on the importance of keeping the nature, soil and humans healthy, safe food, food stuff out of millets and harmful impacts of chemicals and pesticides in agriculture.
The dignitaries and practitioners of organic farming, nutrition , food supply chain and integrated farming ; Dr. S.N. Patra, Dr. Jyotirmaya Mohapatra, Krushna Chandra Sahu, Ekadashi Nandi, Jagadish Nayak, Prashant Mohanty and others expressed their views on the safe and nutritious food. The sharing was on urban kitchen garden and roof top garden in the available spaces, values of different food grains and food groups, seasonal and local vegetables, food preparation & absorption, clean drinking water and about healthy stress free lifestyle. Representatives from the society, NGOs, organic farmers and FPO members have attended the event.
There was exhibition of safe food items both raw and processed products by different organizations like Prerana Welfare Trust, I-Concept, Sisu Organic Pvt. Ltd, Darbar Sahitya Sansad and Kandhamal Farmers Producers Company Ltd. The items cooked of millets, pubes, rice, turmeric, honey, oil, vegetables, ragi soup, mandia, cake, biscuits, mixture, and dal were highly appreciated and purchased by the visitors. People’s demand for regular supply of these items in this event of its kind is a good sign encouragement for farmers to grow safe, clean green and fair crops and food. Few farmers shared that now they are getting better price as there is more demand from the urban consumers for such vegetables, grains, pulses and fruits. The workshop and exhibition moderated by Suresh Bisoi, NIRMAN.