“We need to respect the national resources, the gifts given by our creators. Just imagine, if all the Gururdwaras, temples and mosques switch to organic food in consumption and distribution – the farmers will then see that there’s set market and they can start producing food for which they will not have to use chemicals and pesticides.” – Dr. Rajwant Singh, founder and president of Eco-sikh, an NGO working to raise awareness about environmental issues and inspiring farmers to focus on organic methods of farming.
The world’s largest community kitchen of Punjab – Guru Ramdas Langar hall at Sri Harmandir Sahib that serves food to approximately 1, 00,000 people per day for free is on the verge to go organic. This move is appreciated by the larger group of varios communities.
Furthermore, The SGPC – Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee which administrates the gurudwaras across the country decided to opt for organic farming. Major emphasis would be given on crop rotation, organic fertilizers and plant based pesticides and herbicides to protect soil productivity. This is the new mission adapted by SGPC.
In the interview of Dr. Rajwant Singh he also stated - it is hoped that around 25,000 to 30,000 gurudrawas in Punjab will follow suit to serve organic langar.
Inclining towards organic food is said to be a crucial move adapted by this world’s largest community kitchen since it is indeed setting a benchmark for rest of the gurudrawas and other religious places to follow. This breath-taking initiative is definitely going to attract tourists and impress the pilgrims even more on the shrine land of Punjab.
Organic food items are good for the health and encouraging farmers to grow organic crops would also lower down their cost of production increasing the output in comparison with inorganically grown crops.
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