Some people die to eat, some eat to die. Why do you eat? This was the promo of the latest episode. Interesting, right? Aamir Khan and his TV show “Satyamev Jayate” have undoubtedly created a lot of buzz and recently Aamir Khan and the Parliamentary panel met over to discuss core issues related to the medical fraternity including FDI in pharmaceuticals. And also parliament has recently passed a bill on stringent action to be taken against those guilty of child sex abuse. The earlier 7 episodes were about Female foeticide, Child sexual abuse , Marriages and dowry harassment , Does Healthcare Need Healing? , “Where is the love?” “Persons with Disabilities” and Domestic Violence.
So are you ready to find out why we eat?
This time when the show started Aamir said that there are housewives, husbands and some students working in catering institutes. The question raised was how important is nutrition. The discussion was started with the example of pesticides. Research proves that children consume toxins from birth through their mothers’ milk. Dr Rashmi Sanghi’s study found that there was 400% & 800% more than the permissible limits of pesticides in breast milk samples. Soon there was a shocking story of a village in Kerela, Kasargod where such pesticides have been used for almost 25 years for farming of cashew nuts. Now you might ask “Is the government’s decision to spray Endosulfan misinformed and we as consumers are paying the price for it?”
The best people to talk about this poison are the farmers. The clippings proved that most of the times they have to use pesticides for commercial use. There were some who used to do farming without the use of pesticides, but only for their families and relatives. Soon there was one more guest on the show, Kavita who said that there are lakhs of farmers growing organic crops for their own consumption but the farmers cannot be blamed for this. And an astounding list of 67 pesticides used in India have been banned in other countries because of environmental and health concerns. What do you think compels farmers to use pesticides for commercial crops rather than not using any for both consumption & sale?
There was more shocking information when Dr Kabra said, “Certain pesticides result in stunted & deformed growth in children from birth“. To add to this there was a clipping of a farmer from Punjab who had witnessed the changes made during “The Green Evolution “. But do you think The Green Evolution marked the advent of previously unheard diseases in the country? Wait there is more to this drama. Mr Shroff, the owner of the biggest Pesticide Company in India disclosed that pesticides in large doses rather than the pesticide cause problems and also said there is no reason to monitor overuse of pesticides in what we eat. Strange? There was one more survey in Punjab where Gurpreet revealed that the entire food chain is contaminated by pesticides in what we eat. Guess what? High number of cancer patients due to pesticides in what we eat has named the train from Bhatinda to Bikaner as “Cancer Train”.
Depressing? Hang on; there is still some hope left. Dr Ramoo has encouraged many NPM techniques in Andhra Pradesh for cost-effective agriculture. Also he said that the higher the use of pesticides, the more we get to see pests in the area. Soon he also revealed that there are more than 100 techniques to control pests without pesticides in what we eat. So do you think that Safer and cheaper methods of pest control need to be aggressively promoted to create awareness & acceptance? Sikkim is one of the few states that encourage only organic farming for what we eat. Can other states follow this practice?
It must be said that Aamir Khan and his team never fails to impress. Today’s episode too was an eye opener. India has made world record as the highest number of rice and potato production in per acre, and they have been achieved by organic farming. So do you think that we should start having organic stuff? Well nothing can be achieved overnight, but we can all start it and move in the right direction.
Soon it was time for the 8th song of this series and this time it was sung by Krishna Beura. He is a playback singer who has sung songs in commercial Hindi and Oriya cinema.