We participate in all the Farmers' Markets every weekend in Delhi. Just that the heat is now making it progressively harder to stand. The regular Organic veggies and fruits suppliers are braving the conditions to continue their sales. That's simply incredible. The footfall is much lower and obviously the sales are lacklustre. I just saw Organic Alphonsos up for sale and made it a point get a few for home. But then there's always that bug in my cynical head that gets me. Is the food being supplied really organic? And is this food really healthier. I mean look at the veggies in the picture. They look so beautiful, clean etc. They were prepared for this photo.
Is organic food really healthier?
See the white deposits on the plum skin. What's that? Don't worry - Known as the "bloom," the waxy, silvery-white substance on the surface of grapes, blueberries, and certain plums acts as a barrier against insects and bacteria and helps to seal in the fruit's moisture. The bloom is also a sign of freshness, since it fades with time and handling.
I think that testing the foods being offered as organic must be an ongoing process. There has to be a way for all vendors to be able to get this done quickly, inexpensively and regularly. That would remove my fear and doubt. The test results must be displayed at each vendor's station/ website and updated every month.
Kumaoni Blessings ensures that all its products are tested for nutrition and contamination regularly. When you buy our products, you can be sure that everything that we sell is tested for the presence of insecticides, pesticides, antibiotics and other contaminants. You have every right to ask for such reports.
But does that make things organic? Kumaoni Blessings prefers to bring all products on offer as Natural. It's a more honest appraisal about the company. That's because the air and the water we consume or breathe may not be so organic/ healthy.