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Thursday, February 16, 2012

‘Organic Sansar’ Vegan-friendly Store, Indore


It is all organic and largely vegan. This post is about Indore’s first organic food store – Organic Sansar.


The Big Picture

To put things in perspective, organic farming has been practiced in India since ancient times. Simply put, organic farming is a method of growing crops that excludes the use of synthetic inputs such as pesticides, chemical fertilizers, genetically-modified seeds, hormones, antibiotics, and so on and instead uses organic wastes and beneficial microbes or biofertilizers as manure, and crop rotation, biological pest control, and mechanical cultivation as some of the techniques to grow the crops. Post Independence, the “Green Revolution”, to support India’s growing population and meet food deficits created by natural (and human-made) calamities, had introduced hybrid seeds, chemical fertilizers, and chemical pesticides to the vast expanses of land acquired for cultivation.

However, this project was neither “green” nor revolutionary as studies conducted by one among the forerunners of the organic movement in India, Navdanya point out. Stress caused to the farmer by the loss of control over land, income, and decision-making in the early years of the green revolution, to farmer suicides owing to the combined effects of first, globalization and then, genetically-engineered seeds, (source) rendered the “revolution” quite bloody.

By and by, more studies emerged that confirmed the decline in soil fertility and nutritional value of crops due to this “green” revolution. During the 1980s, a call was sounded to usher in a chemical-free green revolution, a “revolution” in the true sense of the word. Since then, the path has been fraught with many struggles; nevertheless, it has been an uphill path leading us back to our roots.

You can click this link for a compilation of the benefits of food obtained through organic farming practices from the wonderful blog, veg4planet.


Organic Sansar Brief History

Organic Sansar was initiated by Mr. Ashish Kataria and his younger sibling, Mr. Manish Kataria in late 2010. Both Ashish and Manish hold University degrees in Business Management with Ashish having specialized in Agribusiness and Manish in Information Technology. The brothers are well versed with organic farming techniques. They have chosen to combine their formal education with their vision of a healthy society to give birth to Organic Sansar. Through Organic Sansar, the brothers strive to drive home the message of the power of organically-grown food. All products at Organic Sansar are certified organic and are obtained from over 150 project locations where nearly 3,00,000 certified farmers are currently producing over 300 crops. You can view all the certifications by clicking this link on the store website.

So, when Mr. Manish Kataria, wrote to us with an introduction to his store, the information was much appreciated. What we appreciated the most was that Manish had made a special reference to the vegan products at his store. And well, most of them are!


Organic Sansar Products

Here is a glimpse of the products available at Organic Sansar: grains (includes red and brown rice), pulses, spices, cooking oils (coconut, flaxseed, groundnut, mustard, sesame, soya, sunflower, and extra virgin coconut oil used by many vegans as an ethical and extremely healthy, tasty parallel to ghee), juices, jams, pickles, jaggery, organic herbs, dry fruits, green tea, and so on. Besides, Organic Sansar also has on offer organic-vegan hair care solutions and body soaps. For the detailed product list, you can click this link on the store website.


Organic Sansar Contact Details

Please click this link on the store website for the address and telephone numbers of the store and the store timings. Think Organic. Think Vegan. That is where the Earth is headed!

“Most chronic illnesses have been earned from a lifetime of inferior nutrition, which eventually results in abnormal function or frequent discomfort. These illnesses are not beyond our control, they are not primarily genetic, and they are not the normal consequence of aging. True, we all have our weakest links governed by genetics; but these weak links need never reveal themselves unless our health deteriorates. Superior health flows naturally as a result of superior nutrition. Our predisposition to certain illnesses can remain hidden.” ~Dr. Joel Fuhrman, M.D., Author Eat to Live~

For more vegan-friendly stores reviewed in this blog, you can click this link.

2 comments:

  1. Organic is nothing new in India, its just the food the way nature wants it to be....

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  2. Organic vegetables and fruits are so tasty. Organic farming is good for environment...

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