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Chennai: Safe Food Mela to Create Awareness on Pesticide-Free Food

Safe Food Mela was hosted by prominent organic outlets, organic farmer groups, safe food campaigners at Semmozhi Poonga (formerly known as Woodlands Drive-in), Chennai on 24 June 2012. The aim of the mela was to create awareness on Chennai_Safe_Food_Mela_Pesticide_Free_1

  • uses of organic foods including fresh greens, vegetables, fruits.
  • availability of traditional rice, millets.
  • kitchen, terrace, urban gardening.
  • pesticides used in our food and the side effects caused.
  • Genetically Modified foods.

Some of the Safe Food campaigners are: India for Safe Food, Safe Food Alliance, ASHA (Alliance for Sustainable & Holistic Agriculture).

Here are some photographs of the Safe Food Mela.

Organic peanuts, pure palm sugar, amla candy, organic food supplement for children, organic brown rice etc., for sale and display.


Greenpeace stall on Genetically Modified foods.


Varagu (kodo millet), bajra flour, powdered jaggery, sprouted ragi flour, thinai (foxtail millet) etc., for sale and display.


Organic filter coffee, herbal tea, peanut butter, handmade herbal (tulsi), turmeric, aloe vera, jasmine soap etc., for sale and display.


Mappillai samba boiled rice, rice upma mix, white ponni raw rice, organic traditional rice flour, homemade fryums, snacks etc., for sale and display.


Organic extra virgin olive oil, green arappu powder, lemon fresh laundry powder, herbal (amla, hibiscus) soups, papaya etc., for sale and display.


Variety of pesticide-free greens for sale and display.


Brown/black rice, hill honey for sale and display.


Organic idli podi, organic chilli, pepper flavoured roasted peanuts, cashew nuts, other snacks etc for sale and display.


Variety of seeds for display and sale.


Spend your time to produce organic safe food in your kitchen, terrace garden.




{ 5 comments… add one }

  • Vyoma June 28, 2012, 8:10 pm

    Hey hi!!! i love your posts…btw, is this mela still on???

  • Kamala June 28, 2012, 8:37 pm

    @ Vyoma
    No. Mela was from 03:00 PM to 07:00 PM only on 24 July 2012.

  • AkilaSenthilkumar July 24, 2012, 7:10 pm

    Dear Kamala Madam
    My sincere thanks to all your recipies. Do you have the list of shops selling siru dhanyam, which were distributed in this mela? If you have the recipies also please send them.

  • sathish kumar.l November 6, 2012, 1:42 pm

    when next food mela send the details

  • Radha April 23, 2015, 11:01 pm

    I just read this comment on someone’s blog. Can you please write a comment on it and where to get the unpolished ones or
    how to process it at home ourselves so the nutrients are in tact unlike machine processed ones and how it was eaten unpolished traditionally?

    “In super markets you will get the branded/ certified millet products. Most of the companies sell only the polished millets as it looks white just like rice varieties. Eating polished millets does not provide any nutritional benefits. It is just like eating the polished rice.

    My request to all the readers is to search for the organic shops in your localities where you can get the unpolished millets without impurities.”

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