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Poison on our Plate | Ramanjaneyulu GV | TEDxHyderabad

02:50 17:18

Food Safety

/ 10 how safe is of food all of you saw this news some time back pesticide residues in soft drinks and bottled water 01:31 → 01:42

/ 10 if bottled water and soft drinks had pesticide residues the water you used to make your tea and coffee also must be heavy 01:51 → 01:58

/ 10 noodle is having heavy metals 02:05 → 02:07

/ 10 if the ingredients used to make noodles had the lead but the ahta which you are making to use your chapati Arta which is used to make your chappati also must be having the samosa which you are eating also must be happy right 02:20 → 02:35

/ 10 everything which is happening around us we look it very casually 03:15 → 03:19

/ 10 we never made and we expect that farmer will make those connections and produce safe food for all of us 03:38 → 03:46

/ 10 food is only as safe as it is grown 02:54 → 02:56

Environmental Impact

/ 10 let's look at the ecological footprints 09:34 → 09:36

/ 10 how much water it takes to produce it in acre of rice six million litres 09:44 → 09:53

/ 10 what agricultural leaves before it comes to your plate 10:37 → 10:41

/ 10 it's not just about water about the pesticides about the growth hormones everything what agricultural leaves before it comes to your plate 10:31 → 10:41

/ 10 more and more pesticides you spray insects get resistance 10:44 → 10:47

/ 10 the followers of such things is an increasing cost of cultivation but the prices are not increasing 10:56 → 11:02

/ 10 all these are led to farmer suicides 11:55 → 11:58

Impact on Farmers

/ 10 the more and more pesticides you spray insects get resistance they don't work first time you spray second time you spray to the third time you spray fifth time you drink that's what we are seeing all along farmer suicides 10:44 → 10:56

/ 10 the policies are also lopsided today average income of 83% of the farmers in this country is only 5000 rupees so farmers have lost their economic independence not just economic independence physical independence as well 11:19 → 11:37

Positive Change

/ 10 some of us who are working in agriculture various institutions came together and then we started an organization called Center for sustainable agriculture in 2004 we started working with farmers telling them how they can move away from the high external input based agriculture to low external input based agriculture 12:12 → 12:31

/ 10 we started also working with the woman self-help groups in Andhra Pradesh 14:32 → 14:35

/ 10 today it's about 35 lakh acres in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana to get that pesticide free 50% of the pesticide use in the state has come down 14:43 → 14:54

/ 10 we brought some consumers in Hyderabad together to form a consumer cooperative called sahaja and we brought all the farmers also together to farm farmers cooperatives so that they can market directly today we had twenty farmers cooperatives who produce organically and directly sell in the market 15:54 → 16:11

/ 10 the organic food prices are around twenty percent lower than the market prices 16:14 → 16:19

/ 10 if all of us can join hands together we can make a change 16:35 → 16:39

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