The right to food is one of the basic human rights. One of the most important issues in today's global arena is the security and safety of the most indispensable global resources: food. Growing cases of shocking malnutrition and food scarcity not only in third world countries but also in developing countries like India have brought into focus the need for a change in perspective.
We need to deal with this issue in a different way.
Multinational corporations have begun to own a sizeable portion of the food business with the advent of genetically modified crops. These crops are more disease resistant and in some cases more nutritious than the naturally grown varieties. However there are drawbacks of these genetically modified crops namely health hazards like allergenicity.
Thus the best option is to invest in the sustainable production of the global resource of food. With the increasing awareness among people about environment-friendly practices, organic food products are bound to be a commercial success.
Organic farming involves use of natural fertilizers like cow-dung, vegetable compost and natural pesticides like Neem oil that enrich the soil and nourish it without robbing its fertility.
Organic produce though costlier is most healthy as it contains no chemicals or foreign genes. Solving the food crisis as well as sustaining our ecology is possible only if there is a combined use of organic and inorganic forms of farming.
The global organic food market has been rapidly growing at 20% a year from 1990 and is predicted to increase drastically. Hence investing in this area is bound to give rich results.
Additionally, organic farming has a great social impact as in it makes farmers self-sufficient as they no longer have to depend on chemical fertilizers and pesticides. In India various non-governmental organizations are helping farmers revive their indigenous seeds and market the produce of their organic farms.