Uncultivated Forest Food: Hidden Treasure Of Nutrition

Uncultivated Forest Food: Hidden Treasure Of Nutrition

Bhubaneswar: At a time when nutrition analysts are concerned about the fact that at least two billion of people across the globe suffer from malnutrition, the problem of malnutrition has no impact in the interior tribal pockets of Odisha where people mostly dependent on uncultivated forest food. According to Bidyut Mohanty, who heads an organisation called SPREAD, they had visited Mudulipada and Andrahal, two cut-off villages of Malkangiri district for mapping of nutrition and food security…

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Mandatory fortification in mid-day meal bad for local food, biodiversity, livelihood

Mandatory fortification in mid-day meal bad for local food, biodiversity, livelihood

The Mid Day Meal Scheme provided cooked meals to 97 million children in 2016-17 (Photo: Savvy Soumya Misra) Food procurement under the Mid Day Meal Scheme (MDM), the world’s largest school food programme that provided cooked meals to over 97 million children in 2016-17, is gradually becoming centralised. This is a worrying shift as decentralised decision-making to the level of the schoolteachers has been at the heart of the scheme on which the Centre plans…

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It takes more than half of India’s minimum wage for a nutritious diet

It takes more than half of India’s minimum wage for a nutritious diet

Amid a line-up of glitzy news about the Indian economy—fast growth rates, low inflation, etc—there is a one aspect that should worry India’s policy makers. Those living on the country’s minimum wage have hardly any money left after paying their food bills. According to data analysed by Picodi.com, India ranks 50th among 52 countries with respect to how much a basket of food items that cover basic nutritional needs eat into their respective minimum wages. The…

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Biodiversity is more than just the forests

Biodiversity is more than just the forests

TOO often when we talk about biodiversity, it evokes a notion of forest destruction or species extinction. To many, it is just about the environment. Little do we realise, however, that in fact biodiversity is the foundation for human health. It underpins the functioning of the ecosystems on which we depend for our food and fresh water. It contributes to local livelihoods, to traditional and modern medicines, and to economic development. It aids in regulating…

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Here’s How Rose Water Can Do Wonders For Your Eyes

Here’s How Rose Water Can Do Wonders For Your Eyes

Rose water is flavoured, aromatic water which is prepared by soaking rose petals into water. It has been one of the most versatile ingredients used in Indian households now. Not only is it immensely soothing on the skin, but also provides our eyes with a lot of benefits. When it comes to eye care, a lot of people bring this wonder potion to their rescue. This is primarily because of its enriching beauty benefitting properties. It…

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6 Beauty Tips For Girls To Fight The Summer Heat Wave

6 Beauty Tips For Girls To Fight The Summer Heat Wave

This year has been particularly a scorching surprise with the onslaught of the sun, coming on full swing in spring instead of summer, and the temperatures soaring to 45 degrees when we were just about getting to enjoy the season. I have been bombarded with queries of sunburn, open pores, burning of the hands and feet, burning eyes and above all, how to stay cool. So how does one try and adjust their body to the harsh weather,…

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5 Kitchen Ingredients To Get Rid Of Skin Pigmentation

5 Kitchen Ingredients To Get Rid Of Skin Pigmentation

These days, taking care of the skin has become no less than a task. This is primarily because of the continuous exposure to the sun and pollution which has led to numerous skin problems. From skin tanning to stubborn pigmentation spots, there is no end to the types of skin problems that are occurring these days. Pigmentation occurs when dark spots are formed on the skin making it look dull and uneven. In order to get rid of those…

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Skin care: The ultimate guide to taking care of your feet in scorching summers

Skin care: The ultimate guide to taking care of your feet in scorching summers

Don’t forget to save your feet from the harmful rays of the sun. Besides going for regular pedicures, it is essential to apply sunscreen and let your nails breathe sans nail paint once in a while, say experts. Shikhee Agrawal, head trainer at The Body Shop India; and Trishla and Rajeev Surana, co-founders at Colour Me Mad, have given few tips for your feet care: * Trim your nails: Go for proper, neat and short…

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