Organic relief for Hydroponics. The practice of Organoponics.

One of the points that naysayers keep coming up with against Hydroponic produce is the use of inorganic nutrient fertilizers in growing crops. What one should ideally worry about is the use of harmful pesticides and chemicals in food production. However, the billions of $ that go into Organic Marketing has successfully diverted people’s attention Read more about Organic relief for Hydroponics. The practice of Organoponics.[…]

Why do Vertical Farms fail in India? Stop copying the west.

During our journey in CityGreens, we have met many a Consultants, Competitors, Collaborators, Govt. Dignitaries, Investors, Entrepreneurs, Aspirants, and so forth. These encounters have helped us develop deep insights into the industry. It will not be an understatement to say that the Vertical Farming industry in India is still in its infancy. The way this Read more about Why do Vertical Farms fail in India? Stop copying the west.[…]

Setting up a Simple NFT System at home:

Nutrient Film Technique or NFT is a simple system to deliver nutrient enriched water to the plants. At our research center at City Greens, we have been working on multiple crops and various types of Hydroponic systems. For training and research purpose, we have set-up a simple NFT system. The NFT system works on the principle Read more about Setting up a Simple NFT System at home:[…]

Closure of CityGreens Consumer Awareness Initiative on Adulteration in Common Food items.

We started our Friday weekly series on Adulteration in common household items some five months back. Initially, we had planned for it to be a five-week series but owing to the overwhelming response we received; we extended it for another fifteen weeks. Today’s article is the last one in the series. Here we are summarising Read more about Closure of CityGreens Consumer Awareness Initiative on Adulteration in Common Food items.[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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.[…]

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.[…]

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.[…]

CityGreens Consumer Awareness Initiative. How to check for adulteration in Sugar

Sugars are unhealthy. The more refined they are, the worse are the health effects. Add to that some harmful adulterants, and sugar may be one of the most noxious items in your kitchen drawer. Adulterants in Sugar: Common adulterants added to sugar are plastic crystals, urea, washing soda, and chalk powder. The latter two are added Read more about CityGreens Consumer Awareness Initiative. How to check for adulteration in Sugar[…]