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Discusion/ Talk by Hemant Goswami on August 18, 2012 at Chandigarh on "Right to Life" and "Right to Safe Food."


  • 1. RIGHT TO SAFE FOODHemant Goswami hemant@safefood.infohemant@safefood.info

2. We are what we eat For thousands of year, this fact has been reinforced. All the great saints, sages and books have insisted this for thousands of years in Hindu scriptures. It is now a well established scientific fact that change in intake of food affects our life manifold hemant@safefood.info 3. The food we eat Affects our body Affects our thoughts and behavior Affects our social acceptance Affects our health Affects our wellbeing and wellness Affects our genes and procreation Affects the health of our children and futuregeneration hemant@safefood.info 4. THE FIRST TRUTH ABOUT FOOD Food affects our life in all manners possible. All creatures born on this earth have a right to healthy life-giving food. RIGHT TO FOODIs the first among theRIGHT TO LIFEhemant@safefood.info 5. What takes away life Poison As contained in insecticides, pesticides, weedicides, etc. Chemical Fertilizers Which becomes a part of the food and disturb the balance of soil Unnatural treatment of food, etc. Now GENETICAL MODIFICATION of ourplants and animals WARNING Etc...hemant@safefood.info 6. How diseases are treated A few milligram of chemical/ natural extract is given to you (Medicine). You eat it for a couple of days and you recover from illness. In Homeopathy, in some cases a highly diluted substance (upto nano-gram) level is given to you as admixture and you recover from illness. If small nano-gram, micro-gram and milli-gram of chemical can affect your wellbeing and health in one direction; there is no reason for you to believe that it will not deteriorate your health. In-fact its the cause of most of the ailments in todays world. hemant@safefood.info 7. World War II Poisons Uptill World War II, inorganic and biologicalsubstances, such as Paris green, lead arsenate, calciumarsenate, selenium compounds, limesulfur, pyrethrum,thiram, mercury, copper sulfate, derris, and nicotinewere used, but the amounts and frequency of use werelimited, and most pest control employed culturalmethods such as rotations, tillage, and manipulation ofsowing dates. After World War II the use of pesticidesmushroomed, and there are currently more than 1,600pesticides available and about 4.4 million tons usedannually, at a cost of more than $20 billion. hemant@safefood.info 8. LAW Article 21 : Protects right to life. This right in itself is sufficient to protect your right to healthy food even in absence of any other law.hemant@safefood.info 9. Directive Principle Article 47: Duty of the State to raise the level of nutrition and the standard of living and to improve public health The State shall regard the raising of the level of nutrition and the standard of living of its people and the improvement of public health as among its primary duties and, in particular, the State shall endeavour to bring about prohibition of the consumption except for medicinal purposes of intoxicating drinks and of drugs which are injurious to health hemant@safefood.info 10. Directive Principle Article 48A: Protection and improvement of environment and safeguarding of forests and wild life The State shall endeavour to protect and improve the environment and to safeguard the forests and wild life of the country. hemant@safefood.info 11. Directive Principle Article The State shall, in particular, direct its policytowards securing - (a) that the citizen, men and women equally, have theright to an adequate means of livelihood; (b) that the ownership and control of the materialresources of the community are so distributed asbest to subserve the common good; (c) that the operation of the economic system doesnot result in the concentration of wealth and meansof production to the common detriment; ........hemant@safefood.info 12. InternationalOrganizations Unfortunately the role of international organizations,including the UN has been counter-productive The international organisations have become a tool in thehand of corporates and others who solely survive onexploitation of nature and people from less developednations UN and many such international bodies manipulate oursystems and force down things which are not good for ourpeople and country. Anyone who raises his/her voice isexcluded from the system. There is no freedom ofexpression too within the UN and other such bodies. Thereare well-guarded limits to express and raise an issuewithin these bodies. hemant@safefood.info 13. Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006Section 3: Definitions (a) " adulterant" means any material which is or could be employed for making the food unsafe or sub- standard or mis- branded or containing extraneous matter;hemant@safefood.info 14. Food Safety andStandards Act, 2006 (g) " contaminant" means any substance, whether or not added to food, but which is present in such food as a result of the production (including operations carried out in crop husbandry, animal husbandry or veterinary medicine), manufacture, processing, preparation, treatment, packing, packaging, transport or holding of such food or as a result of environmental contamination and does not include insect fragments, rodent hairs and other extraneous matter; hemant@safefood.info 15. FSSA 2006 (j) " food" means any substance, whether processed, partiallyprocessed or unprocessed, which is intended for humanconsumption and includes primary food to the extent defined inclause (ZK), genetically modified or engineered food or foodcontaining such ingredients, infant food, packaged drinking water,alcoholic drink, chewing gum, and any substance, including waterused into the food during its manufacture, preparation or treatmentbut does not include any animal feed, live animals unless they areprepared or processed for placing on the market for humanconsumption, plants prior to harvesting, drugs and medicinalproducts, cosmetics, narcotic or psychotropic substances: Providedthat the Central Government may declare, by notification in theOfficial Gazette, any other article as food for the purposes of this Acthaving regards to its use, nature, substance or quality;hemant@safefood.info 16. FSSA 2006 (zk) " primary food" means an article of food, being a produce of agriculture or horticulture or animal husbandry and dairying or aquaculture in its natural form, resulting from the growing, raising, cultivation, picking, harvesting, collection or catching in the hands of a person other than a farmer or fisherman;hemant@safefood.info 17. UNSAFE FOOD (zz) " unsafe food" means an article of food whosenature, substance or quality is so affected as to renderit injurious to health:- (i) by the article itself, or itspackage thereof, which is composed, whether wholly orin part, of poisonous or deleterious substances; or ...(ix) by the article having been infected or infested withworms, weevils or insects; or (xii) by virtue of containing pesticides and other contaminants in excess of quantities specified by regulations.hemant@safefood.info 18. QUESTION?How safe limit ofinsecticides and pesticides are decided? Interesting facts mayemergehemant@safefood.info 19. FSSA 2006 (k) " food additive" means any substance not normallyconsumed as a food by itself or used as a typicalingredient of the food, whether or not it has nutritivevalue, the intentional addition of which to food for atechnological (including organoleptic) purpose in themanufacture, processing, preparation, treatment,packing, packaging, transport or holding of such foodresults, or may be reasonably expected to result(directly or indirectly), in it or its by- products becominga component of or otherwise affecting thecharacteristics of such food but does not include"contaminants" or substances added to food formaintaining or improving nutritional qualities;hemant@safefood.info 20. FSSA 2006 (u) " hazard" means a biological, chemical or physical agent in, or condition of, food with the potential to cause an adverse health effect; (zm) " risk", in relation to any article of food,means the probability of an adverse effecton the health of consumers of such foodand the severity of that effect,consequential to a food hazard; hemant@safefood.info 21. RISK ANALYSIS (zn) " risk analysis", in relation to any article of food, means a process consisting of three components, i. e., risk assessment, risk management and risk communication; hemant@safefood.info 22. RISK ASSESSMENT (zo) " risk assessment" means a scientifically based process consisting of the following steps: (i) hazard identification, (ii) hazard characterisation, (iii) exposure assessment, and (iv) risk characterisation;hemant@safefood.info 23. RISK COMMUNICATION (zp) " risk communication" means the interactive exchange of information and opinions throughout the risk analysis process concerning risks, risk- related factors and risk perceptions, among risk assessors, risk managers, consumers, industry, the academic community and other interested parties, including the explanation of risk assessment findings and the basis of risk management decisions;hemant@safefood.info 24. RISK MANAGEMENT (zq) " risk management" means the process, distinct from risk assessment, of evaluating policy alternatives, in consultation with all interested parties considering risk assessment and other factors relevant for the protection of health of consumers and for the promotion of fair trade practices, and, if needed, selecting appropriate prevention and control options; hemant@safefood.info 25. Ground Level Facts Food we eat is laced with unspecified amount of poison many of which are even banned in many parts of the world. No lab exists to regularly test the presence ofpoison in food. No studies exist on safety standards in India.Most are doctored studies by the industryhanded over to the ministry. Situation is extremely bad ... chemicals andpoison form part of our daily diet hemant@safefood.info 26. What we m