The PDS system often leaves out the undocumented poor but the universalisation of the scheme could prevent starvation deaths in times of the pandemic.
Rapid fall in the population of honeybees across the world is a threat to ecological balance and bio-diversity.
PM Narendra Modi announced the extension of PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana till November, helping over 80 crore people to avail 5 kg free food grains.
Vitamin D concentrations are lower in people with obesity, those with high blood pressure or diabetes and in those who smoke. It can be stored in fat cells, thus reducing the circulating concentration in the blood.
The meatpacking industry is an important job source for thousands of people. In 2019 it employed nearly 200,000 people in direct meat processing jobs at wages averaging US$14.13 per hour or $29,400 yearly.
Gardening, on the other hand, has overtaken her life. Plantings that started out back have expanded around the side of the house, and gardening sessions have stretched later into the evening, when she sometimes works by headlamp.
Food isn’t just about nutrients for humans. Food brings joy through its tastes and flavours. Food connects us to those around us, to nature and our own unique cultures and experiences.
While starvation deaths are reported and people are facing acute hunger amid the lockdown, how justified is it to use surplus stocks of rice for making ethanol for the production of hand-sanitisers?
As India fights the coronavirus pandemic, can biosecurity take precedence over food security?