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Think Global Act Local on Food, FAO Chief Tells World Mayors

Think Global Act Local on Food, FAO Chief Tells World Mayors

Global
The UN Agriculture Agency Chief has called on world’s Mayors to make global commitments local realities. It is important to make “global commitments local realities,” José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), announced in a meeting while discussing common challenges to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as climate change and food security. The special event where this announcement was made, From Global Issues to Local Priorities, was co-hosted by María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of the UN General Assembly, alongside Mr. Graziano da Silva. About 68 per cent of the world’s population is expected to live in urban areas by 2050 – mostly in Africa and Southeast Asia, where hunger and poverty are highest. Mr. Graziano
What is Geographical Indication? Every Region’s Claim to Fame

What is Geographical Indication? Every Region’s Claim to Fame

National
Silao Khaja, a multilayered and crispy sweet Bihari dessert recently got the coveted GI (Geographical Indication) tag. The number of registered GIs in India has now become 330. This indicates a good future of Indian goods in the global market, as it marks Indian products on the world map. The interest in GIs has thrived in recent years. The most prominent reason for this is the obligations of WTO (World Trade Organization) to protect the GIs. Geographical Indication (GI), as the name suggests, is a sign indicative of a product’s geographical origin. It symbolizes the attributes, qualities, characteristics and reputation the product holds essentially due to its geographical place of production. Agricultural products typically have qualities that derive from their place of production
Watch this Smart Food Reality Show and Learn to Eat for a Cause

Watch this Smart Food Reality Show and Learn to Eat for a Cause

Green Living
Fourteen young chefs from across India are firing up their burners to compete for becoming India's Star Smart Food Student-chef. After reaching the final round and Paired as seven teams, they will take on the challenge of pleasing the palate of celebrity judges at the Grand Finale of India's first Smart Food Culinary Challenge during taking place in Bengaluru. Smart Food Culinary Challenge The Smart Food Culinary Challenge is India's first-ever culinary Reality Show for a Cause. An underlying focus of this challenge is to boost and promote millets among the culinary community. The Grand Finale will be held live as part of the Organics & Millets International Trade Fair 2019 which will take place at the Palace Grounds in Bengaluru on 19 January 2019. The Organics & Millets ...
Vice President of India Calls for Promoting Zero-Budget Natural Farming

Vice President of India Calls for Promoting Zero-Budget Natural Farming

Green Alert
The Vice President of India Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has called for promoting Zero-Budgeting in natural farming to make farming viable and sustainable. The Vice President has also called for innovative solutions to make farming profitable and the scaling up of such solutions. Shri Naidu made these statements as part of a National Consultation towards doubling farmers’ incomes and making agriculture profitable and sustainable. Also present during the National Consultation were the Governor of Himachal Pradesh Acharya Devvrat, Agricultural expert Shri Subhash Palekar and the Advisor (Agriculture) to Government of Andhra Pradesh Shri Vijay Kumar. Shri Acharya Devvrat briefed the Vice President on the best agri-practices adopted in Himachal Pradesh to improve the income of farmers. Shri S
Proposed Cuts in US Will Jeopardize Fight to End Climate Change

Proposed Cuts in US Will Jeopardize Fight to End Climate Change

Global
The Trump Administration's recent proposals of significant cuts to funding earmarked for the environment, including the budgets for climate change, pollution clean-ups, and energy efficiency programs have become an increasing concern for all thinking individuals and companies in the US and the world. The current plans would dismantle former President Obama's Clean Power Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from coal burning power plants, along with defunding climate research and partnerships. The proposed budget reductions include a $2.6 billion cut for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2018, as well as a loss of $330 million in hazardous waste clean-up initiatives. Iain Milnes of Power Knot, along with other scientists, environmental advocates, and green entreprene...
Honey, the Long Forgotten Cure for Many Diseases

Honey, the Long Forgotten Cure for Many Diseases

Green Living
Honey is one substance that all of us have tasted at least once in our lifetime. Unfortunately, many of us today consider honey either to be a delicacy or something to be eaten in the event of throat infection. Fewer among us consume honey for short term health benefits like while trying to get a slim and trip body. However, there has been a large-scale disconnect with honey as a daily food item among the urban dwellers of today. This has largely happened since the popularity of factory-made sugar and the availability of sweeteners and similar food items. There is enough evidence today to indicate that our daily sugar (actually sucrose) consumption in tea, coffee or other forms has considerable health implications. Consequently, some companies have now started manufacturing non-suga...
Invasion Alert: Crop Circles Appear Across the Country

Invasion Alert: Crop Circles Appear Across the Country

Green Alert
Giant crop circles reported in Najafgarh to warn against the invasion by genetically modified foods. Crop circles in the farms in peri-urban Delhi have startled the people! But they are actually meant to startle the policy makers even as the Government seems keen to introduce the Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India (BRAI) Bill, which will provide for a single window easy approval mechanism to controversial Genetically Modified (GM) crops. Similar crop circles were formed in Ahmedabad and Bangalore by Greenpeace volunteers who came from various corners of the country to generate public awareness against the ‘imminent invasion of GM crops in India.’ The crop circle initiative by Greenpeace has been undertaken as a symbol of protest against the Government’s decision to introduc
New Delhi Turns 100 as National Capital: Old Delhi Came Visiting with Its Delicacies!

New Delhi Turns 100 as National Capital: Old Delhi Came Visiting with Its Delicacies!

Green Lens
The city of Delhi completed 100 years of its existence as the National Capital on 12th December this year. What better way to celebrate the occasion than by celebrating what Delhiites love the most: food! And so Delhi Tourism recently organised a nine day long food festival called 'Dilli ke Pakwan' and brought together finger licking food from the streets of Delhi all at one place at BKS Marg in Connaught Place.  The food festival saw tremendous footfall as Delhiites joined in the celebrations to their heart's content!
Take the ‘Be Water Wise’ Pledge this World Water Day

Take the ‘Be Water Wise’ Pledge this World Water Day

Articles
Aerial image of farms along River Yamuna near Majnu Ka Tila downstream of Wazirabad barrage. If we are what we eat, and some of what we eat comes from farming on the Yamuna River floodplains, then we are pretty much what the status of river Yamuna in Delhi is! The vegetables and produce grown on the banks of the Yamuna river in Delhi is largely irrigated by the river water which accumulate all toxic chemicals from the water into them. When we consume these vegetables, these chemicals and toxins enter our body and keep on accumulating before they cause any serious damage to our organs. Unfortunately, when you go to the market, there is no real way of telling which vegetable comes from the Yamuna floodplain and which from elsewhere.   This World Water Day 2011, we therefore urge yo
Vegetarianism: Eating Right to Save the Planet

Vegetarianism: Eating Right to Save the Planet

Articles
Demonstration advocating vegetarian diet to prevent climate change outside the Bella Center, Copenhagen during COP15 There has always been mountains of evidence to prove that a vegetarian diet is a healthy natural diet of humans. And now there is yet another compelling reason to GO VEG: To Save the Planet. All of us these days have access to information over the internet, and we all know how to also find the reliable facts amidst all that goes on online. I googled to educate myself on the pros and cons of the choice of our diet and am presenting some of what I found in this article. But before we go on to the statistics I want you to imagine a rabbit, a beautiful furry white one on a table, would you really want to pounce on it, tear its flesh and eat it? Have you ever pondered ...

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