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Organic World Through My French Lenses

Studies have proved that conventional farming is hazardous to our health, as it is cultivated and chemically processed to give an attractive look and market worthy. A more appropriate and healthy farming method, like organic farming, would not only benefit our health but also bring a global change towards organic consumption. I'm from Paris and I find people are more conscious and careful about their health and food habits. Hence, consumption of organic products has increased with changing span of time. Not only for food products, but also health care products, clothes, make-up etc. There are even environment-friendly certifications on electronics and electrical appliances. Personally as a nature lover, I try to be careful about what I buy and what I eat. The reasons are simple: I avoid consuming chemical-treated products which are also leading various health issues like cancer. As a nature enthusiast, with every action that I do, I make a conscious choice of not polluting the environment as much as possible.

Two years ago, I realized that our consumption behaviors were completely wrong. In one side, we are using chemicals to grow vegetables faster in huge quantity, which are also been wasted in the market and not used productively. Here we are giving rise of two issues: 1) Abusing of chemicals makes the soils infertile, acidic, and destroys the soil quality. 2) Unnecessary food wastage. Hence, I realized we should create more awareness among the farmer communities about the good side of organic cultivation, which can also create a balance between healthy food consumption and food production. This can save the mother earth and create health benefits.

Fortunately, now with time, people are more and more aware about the situation. In France, the organic market has been growing fast in last 10 years. In 2003, 54% of French people consumed organic products at least once a year. In 2016 they were 89%; 69% of them are regular consumers and 15% everyday. This evolution in consumption behaviors can be explained by the raising concerns of French people about health consciousness. People have been also more and more informed, thanks to the increase of information and communication technologies, so they are more aware of health and environmental issues.

India is slowly turning into a more organic country. Organic shops and eco-friendly products are multiplying as well as certifications. But some people don’t access organic products because they are far from cities. Some online stores as Ecochoice propose organic, eco-friendly certified products and deliver around India. These stores need more of advertisement in the market, so that people can access them easily. However, one thing I realized is that people in India don't really believe in the authenticity of organic products and also they don’t buy them because they are still too expensive. Moreover, despite the government's efforts to promote organic farming, farmers are still worried about possible costs and losses in their production. These issues have to be solved to allow people to have a better quality of life. For example, a way to promote organic farming could be replacing the Mid-Day meal in schools by a 100% organic meal. I recently read an article about a small state of the northeastern part of India, Sikkim, which is now the first fully organic state in India. This can be an example for the rest of the states to adopt the methods practiced by Sikkim to make it 100% organic cultivation.

In the end, the shift towards organic food has to be global and knowledge about organic farming has to be shared globally. There is no point to start an organic farm in one country if the neighboring country is unaware and has full of chemical-based farms. As we all know, nature has no borders, so do toxicity. 


 Written by Sarah Ballesteros Written by Sarah Ballesteros

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