News - Terra Madre Day in Mumbai
by Life Positive
Visitors buy organic produce on Terra Madre Day One such celebration took place on December 12 at The Farmersí Market in Bandra, Mumbai.
The day was marked with the screening of two films: The 45-minute Power of Community (How Cuba went Organic) and the 15-minute Terra Madre. In the film is the story of how Cuba transitioned from a highly mechanised, industrial agricultural system to one using organic methods of farming and local, urban gardens after they lost global support in the early 1990s. At Terra Madre, Mumbai, the buying of organic produce from farmers and stall sponsors continued until 10 pm. Visitors were invited to serve one local organic home-cooked dish to the farmers. There was also a discussion on Why slow food, why traditional, why organic, why higher price? The discussion panel included Dr Colin Gonsalves, senior advocate and founder of the human rights law network, Dr Amol Nirban, a PhD in agriculture from Ecocert, India, Reetha Balsaver and Lata Sharma from Navdanya, Sanjay Pawar and Sadu Bhau of the Organic farmers of Maharashtra, Vikram Doctor, journalist and foodie.
"Some of the organic vegetables sold at prices that compared to the stuff being sold in the open market because here the farmer gets to sell to his customer directly. We had a great discussion on why people should not mind paying more for organic produce," said Kavita Mukhi, an eco-nutritionist and initiator of the Farmersí Market.
If you would like to be part of The Farmersí Market and sponsor a table email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9819852266 / 9820089378
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