Cola and pesticides say go organic

Remember we told you about organic food and grocery stores in Bangalore? Here are the names again, Namdhari’s Fresh and 24 Lettered Mantra.

Now, let me reproduce a few lines from the cover story of today’s edition of Financial Express.

The number of 300-ml cola bottles you have to drink to match the permitted pesticide level in common food items:
1 cup tea (100 ml) – 394.
2 apples (300 gms) – 1274.
1 large glass of milk – 277.
(These stats are courtesy an NGO called Centre for Sanity and Balance in Public Life)

Shocked? Just goes to tell you what a farce this whole Cola-Pesticide controversy is. Food for thought, right?

So when are you going organic?

3 Comments so far

  1. Ajith (unregistered) on August 19th, 2006 @ 4:47 pm

    I have personally seen teh staff at Namdharis spraying ‘Hit’ (Cockroach killer) all over their store just before closing time. Also, Namdharis do not claim to be ‘pesticide-free’ it just says ‘minimal use of pesticides’. Having said that, Namdharis is still my preffered choice for buying salad vegitables.

  2. Archisha (unregistered) on August 20th, 2006 @ 6:28 pm

    At 24 Lettered Mantra Belandur (Sarjapur Outer Ring Road) and Jaynagar 4th T Block, it is certified Organic products such as Rice,Pulses etc. apart from organic vegetables, fruits & bakery. They recently opened the stores

  3. silkboard (unregistered) on August 21st, 2006 @ 5:47 pm

    Ajith – I assume organic guarantees lower levels of pesticides and not pesticide-free. Veggies at these stores certainly ‘look’ different, though I may be imagining these “taste” different as well.

    Hope someone can do some real tests and “certify” on actual pesticide levels at these stores.

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