'Spread of food hobbies through Multinational Co causing worry about Public Health'

Tuesday, 29 March 2022 (14:40 IST)
Hyderabad: The Independent Scientist-cum-Public Health Activist and Campaigner for the Millets, Dr. Khadar Vali, vehemently criticised the spread of food hobbies through the Multinational Companies and Corporate organisations, saying it causing a worry about the public health.

These companies have been supplying the Carbohydrates, Genetically Modified food, Dr Vali while delivering a public talk organised by the Department of Political Science, University of Hyderabad on Green Technology, Sustainable Development and Implications for Public Policy here.

As a consequence there has been a widespread expansion of Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Thyroid, PCOD, Cancer in the country, he said, added: "All these diseases are a result of metabolic imbalance due to heavy consumption of rice, wheat, sugar, refined oil and meat."

The nexus among corporate, pharmaceutical, private hospitals and politicians have been converting the life style diseases as chronic and lifelong diseases, Dr Vali said.

The scientists and doctors have been justifying unending diseases in the life of an affected person.

However, he said that five millets such as Kodo, little, foxtail, Brown top and Barnyard millets, which can reduce the weight, maintain the sugar levels and HbA1c.

These millets can also prevent and cure cancer. The porridge and Herbal flavour can boost the immunity even to face Corona pandemic.

Dr Vali cautioned the younger generation to conserve the ecology, which was spoiled by the previous generations in the post- independent period. Production system is supposed to be local, regional and global and policy making system must be decentralised.

He said that the economic and sustainable development models have resulted in creating adverse impact on the ecology.

The only ecological developmental model has the capacity to save the soil for the optimum production of food requirements, which are needed to mankind on the earth, he added.

UoH Vice-Chancellor Prof BJ Rao while presiding over the public talk said that there is a need to rethink about the concept of sustainable development.

To deepen understanding of the concept of Sustainable Development, there is a need to conduct multidisciplinary research, he added.

He said that Dr. Vali being a grassroots level activist raising pertinent questions about the contemporary model of development.

For the last few decades, the statistical data at the global level has been alarming about the disasters and pandemics.

Therefore, the academic community must pay attention to multi-disciplinary research such as Green Technology, Sustainable Development and Public Policy, he added. (UNI)

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