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Kheti Virasat Mission

Alliance for Safe Food established in tricity

August 12, 2012, Chandigarh: An alliance for safe food has been established in Chandigarh on the initiative of Kheti Virasat Mission (KVM) with like-minded socio-cultural organisations of the tricity.

At a meeting organised here today, Umendra Dutt, the Executive Director of KVM, said the alliance will promote organic food through various events and workshops for residents in the tricity of Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali. “The initiative is part of the 'India for Safe Food' movement which is currently underway in various cities of the country. The Chandigarh-based alliance will act as a support base for the movement in north India,” he added.

While discussing the damaging impact of pesticide use in agriculture on human health, the alliance members talked about strategies to provide organic food at the doorsteps of the residents. “Besides acting as a platform between organic farmers and consumers, the alliance will also educate people on how to grow their own food in limited urban space,” said Gaurav Sahai, a city-based organic farmer who initiated Sattva, a group of organic food lovers.

Those present during the meeting included consumer rights’ activists, health professionals, lawyers, business executives, students as well as housewives. The 'Safe Food' alliance includes various socio-cultural organisations including, Aawaaz, Servants of the People's Society, Sattva Farms, Daanish Foundation, Preetlarhi, Developing Indigenous Resources, Punjab Manch, Environmental Health Action Group, Bharatiya Gharahk Panchayat, Panchnad Research Institute, Voluntary Health Association of Punjab, Chandigarh Consumers' Forum, Support Initiatives in Development Trust, Dr Dharamvir Singh Bhatia Smarak Samiti, Giri Soft Tech, Yuva Dharti, Patanjali Yog Samiti, Progressive Lawyers' Forum and Citizens' Voice.


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