Safe-to-eat Vegetable Movement: Prof M S Swaminathan
(MSSRF File Pic: A vegetable market in Wayanad)
Chennai, September 12, 2016: On the occasion of the Onam festival the Kerala Government has announced that more than 40,000 tonnes of safe-to-eat vegetables and 60,000 tonnes of fruits will be sold. One of the urgent requirements in our country in the food sector is greater attention to quality and safety. Pesticide residues are common in vegetables and even in honey and drinking water. Our standards of safety of salad vegetables are poor. What is being planned for the Onam festival should become a regular practice. We need a peri-urban safe-to-eat vegetable movement based on Codex Alimentarius Standards of Food Safety. What is planned for a festival occasion should become the norm for vegetable production and consumption. The peri-urban safe-to-eat horticulture movement will improve nutrition as well as help to avoid price volatility.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.