CityGreens Consumer Awareness Initiative. What you must know about artificially ripened Mangoes

You are a smart shopper. When you buy mangoes, you always go for the ones that are naturally ripened. And you know that because the seller told you so. In all probability, you were misinformed (unless you stay very close to a mango growing belt). Let’s understand, why? Need for artificial ripening Natural fruit ripening Read more about CityGreens Consumer Awareness Initiative. What you must know about artificially ripened Mangoes[…]

The Organic Debate – Understanding Organic vs. Desi vs. A1 vs. A2 Milk.

Today’s edition of National Daily ‘Mint’ carried an article on Organic Milk. Among other things, the article listed contact details of few suppliers from whom one can buy Organic milk in Delhi/NCR, Bangalore, and Mumbai. It looked like a good fit with our ongoing Organic Debate series, and I decided to explore the topic a Read more about The Organic Debate – Understanding Organic vs. Desi vs. A1 vs. A2 Milk.[…]

CityGreens Consumer Awareness Initiative. How to check for adulteration in Turmeric Powder

India is the largest producer, consumer, and exporter of Turmeric in the world. India’s share in world turmeric production stands at around 80%. Also, close to 60% of World’s turmeric exports originate in India. Turmeric powder possesses antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and forms a part of many ayurvedic and home remedies for common ailments. The Read more about CityGreens Consumer Awareness Initiative. How to check for adulteration in Turmeric Powder[…]

The Organic Debate – Does Organic food contain pesticides.

Here is an experiment I would urge you to carry out. Visit a retail supermarket and head to the organic food section. Ask this simple question to anyone whom you see buying Organic food. “What is the No. 1 reason for you to buy Organic food?” In most cases, the answer would be, because the Read more about The Organic Debate – Does Organic food contain pesticides.[…]

CityGreens Consumer Awareness Initiative. How to check for adulteration in Black Pepper.

Black Pepper is a very healthy spice. From stimulating digestion to relieving cough and cold to even preventing cancer (due to its piperine content), its benefits are aplenty. People consume black pepper either in powdered form or as peppercorns. Unfortunately, both of these variants are susceptible to adulteration.   The practice of adulteration in black Read more about CityGreens Consumer Awareness Initiative. How to check for adulteration in Black Pepper.[…]

The Organic Debate – How to know that the food you are buying is really Organic.

No one wants to eat food produced using harmful chemicals and pesticides. People are willing to pay a premium for produce that is grown using safe practices and is healthy. A proxy for consumer’s shift towards Organic food can be the growth in the packaged Organic food market. Data compiled by Euromonitor International shows that Read more about The Organic Debate – How to know that the food you are buying is really Organic.[…]

CityGreens Consumer Awareness Initiative. How to check for adulteration in Wheat flour.

My first introduction to adulteration in wheat flour happened around 15 years back. I was completing my graduate studies in New Delhi. Like in most of the hostels during that period; the mess food sucked in our hostel too. I used to have my dinner at a typical thali restaurant who used to charge 20₹ Read more about CityGreens Consumer Awareness Initiative. How to check for adulteration in Wheat flour.[…]

The Organic Debate – Myth vs Facts

Organic is one marketing buzzword that has been used (or rather misused) extensively by marketers to spread misinformation and play on people’s fear factor to make quick bucks. Is organic food free of pesticides? Is conventionally grown food more nutritious than organically grown? What is organic milk? Is my milk really organic? How do I Read more about The Organic Debate – Myth vs Facts[…]

CityGreens Consumer Awareness Initiative. How to check for adulteration in Red Chilli Powder.

Of all the spices that are used in Indian households, the one that is amongst the most widely used and also most commonly adulterated is Red Chilli Powder. Spices are adulterated primarily to add mass and refine color. Adulterants used in Red Chilli Powder: Common adulterants mixed in red chili powder are brick powder, sawdust, Read more about CityGreens Consumer Awareness Initiative. How to check for adulteration in Red Chilli Powder.[…]