Importance of organic food in our dietary plan is a hot topic of discussion around the world. Different researches are going on to find the benefits of consuming organic. How do we conclude these ever increasing results of researches? I think, it is not a big deal. We can measure it simply by our laymen justification. Straightly, our body can not take the burden of synthetic chemicals.
To maintain the demand-supply chain producers used excessive chemicals in their fruit’s and vegetable’s gardens. How does these unnatural chemicals affect our immune system? Seems to be a really big question for this COVID-19 pandemic situation.
What is organic food?
Of course, we have to know the meaning of the term ‘organic’. Encyclopedia Britannica define it as a food grown without the use of synthetic (unnatural) chemicals, such as artificially made pesticides and fertilizers and also the genetically non modified varieties. It includes not only fruits and vegetables but also include the meats and dairy products, processed foods and drinks.
Yes, there are still lots of question lying unanswered. But the common sense of human being keeps pointing their heads towards organic foods. So the business of organic foods and its allied industries is proved to be a great success. One of the studies shows that United States organic market crosses about $60 billion in the last year. It measures almost 7% increase compare to the previous margin. Global market of organic food products will cross almost $263 billion by 2021.
The potentiality of organic market is based on its high cost. That’s not really sound good for each and every persons of those countries where a large section of people still struggling for two time meal only. It will promote the production of conventional low cost food stuff by harming the mother nature further. So it is not good for a better world for our future generation. A study has shown that in the highly populated country like India, less than 1% people consume organic foods and food products. There are two reasons, one the cost of organic food and second and most importantly is the lake of awareness. But to address the second problem the cost should be reduced drastically. Which is not a very easy task. Because the production rate of organic produce is much slower than the conventional non-organic stuffs.
Is There Any Solution?
There is definitely more than one ways. A most convenient and cost effective way is to being aware of the naturally grown veggies and fruits grown around our locality itself. There must be a issue of air quality. So we must be careful in selecting the area of production. A village environment might be a suitable site. There are many more naturally grown wild herbs and plants which can be used as vegetables for our daily diet.
What village of Assam Eat
Let me introduce with the centuries old food practices in the villages of Assam- the land of rivers of India. Mother nature extensively showcase the beauty and harmony of this land. There is still plenty of untreated areas where people follow the rule of the nature. Almost all the villages are free of contaminated air and over pollution. Therefore, varieties of wild herbs and plants grown here, which are used as vegetables by the villagers of Assam. These naturally organic food stuff and its extensive use is a symbol of purity and ingenuity of these people. Let us going through some of the delicious one.
Dhekia Xaak (Fiddle head fern) : Mostly grown in moisture rich area. Normally, the the newly grown soft stem part (with small leaves) is used as vegetable.
Saru Manimuni (Lawn marsh penny wort) : Mostly grown in paddy fields. Although it is delicious as vegetable the people use its extract as medicine also.
Bor Manimuni (Asiatic penny wort) : Mostly grown in paddy fields and backyards.
Kala Kasu (Elephant far) : Grown in low lands. Mostly found in untreated areas and backyards.
Maan Dhonia (Thai Coriander) : Mostly found in backyards. Normally use it as a spice in Matidal, Motordal etc. An exciting ingredient of Assamese Chutney.
Zilmil Xaak (White Goosefoot) : Mostly grow in paddy fields. Try it with egg!
Maisung : Mostly grown in untreated areas of backyards. Appetite booster!
Podina (Mint) : Podina is another exciting herbs found normally in the comparatively higher area of backyards. Mostly used it as Chutney.
Tengesi : A lovely flower like herbs, mostly found in backyards. Surprising sour taste!
Nol Tenga (Indian chestnut vine) : Mostly found in backyards in their bamboo fencing. Try it with fish, Dal etc.
Besides, many other leafy and non-leafy wild varieties of herbs and plants are used as vegetables and appetite boosting agent in daily practice of dietary by the people of the villages of Assam. Some of the non-leafy varieties are Banana flower (Koldil or Kolphul), Bamboo shoot (Banhgaj), Ratton shoot (Betgaj), Jackfruit bud (Kothalor mushi), Elephant apple (Owtenga), Drumstick (Sojina) etc.