Organic Farming: What’s the Big Fuss?
By Michael Swamy Aug 16th 2013
Chef Michael Swamy graduated from the prestigious Cordon Bleu culinary school, London. He has worked with several Michelin chefs who helped him create a career in food styling and photography. Michael is a Gourmand Award winner (2012) for his book The East Indian Kitchen. He took his expertise further and put it to good use as the food consultant for MasterChef India season 1 & 2. His style of cooking is very classic French.
Organic farming is practically unheard of in India, or is it? For generations raw elements of our food have been grown without the use of pesticides. Many small farmers cannot afford pesticides, nor does anyone ask at the marketplace, if the vegetable produce has been sprayed or not. Food has been produced the natural way for centuries; the use of chemicals and pesticides is a fairly recent phenomenon. Organic farms have always been small family run units and the produce is available in small shops or farmers markets. So what exactly is organic farming?