Saturday, May 12, 2012

The Scent of Curry Leaves in the Air

"Long day today...but sharing a sweet moment from today--a guy on his scooter carrying umpteen bags of curry leaves. As he rode past, the fragrance was overwhelming!!!"  -Bhavana Nissima Upadhyaya

How may of us can say that our day has been graced by an overwhelming fragrance of curry?  Perhaps you need to be in southern India to have this experience. Bhavana Upadyaya, who taught some courses through the University of New Mexico's Service Learning Program on communications and hunger, shared this picture.  She was standing in a corner in the city of Chennai in the state of Tamil Nadu in India, when a gentleman in a scooter drove by with the bunch of curry leaves, probably on the way to one of the local markets.

But just as she did in her courses at UNM, Bhavana likes to tell us the whole story.  Here's what she says about curry  "Curry leaves are often sprayed heavily by chemicals and in fact, the extent to which they are used in cooking in South India, they are quite harmful," said Bhavana, who now works as program director at SSF Global Foudation in Chennai. "Organic curry leaves are actually not very easily available in the market."

Promoting organic agriculture is, in fact, is part of Bhavana's work at SF Global Foundation  "Our main development program is called Gramothan," she said. "We set up resource centres in villages in remote areas which provide training in organic agriculture and vocational skills like mobile/electrical/electronic repairs and computer training besides providing a host of support services like networks and knowledge support for village microenterprises and market linkages of farm produce and village products."

1 comment:

Chandrasekharan Nair said...

Pesticides can save the plants by killing or avoiding pests. For human health it is hazardous one. Inviting cancer is not a simple one. However pesticides can took part in the hike of GDP. At least in our dining table we have to share pesticide free food for health.