What is organic?​

February 14, 2017

 Organic agriculture means a process of developing a viable and sustainable agroecosystem. 

The most important word in the definition of organic is sustainable and ecosystem.

We generally ask for certification but do not understand what standards are referred for certification. Organic cultivation is not only limited to the specific crop, soil, water and fertiliser or pesticide. It is also talking about the genetic variety of crops, biodiversity in specific are and multi-crop cultivation.

The myth about Organic!

GMO Seeds

Almost all organic produce sellers claim that we do not use GMO seeds. In reality, apart from cotton, no GMO seeds are in use in India.

We use organic manure

Although farmer may be using organic manure but how many years he was using chemical fertilisers and how many years he started using organic manure is yet another question?

 

I do organic farming.

It’s not only about your field it’s also about your neighbour fields. You may not be using chemical fertilisers or pesticides but what about your neighbour farmer?

 

Organic farming is not only limited to soil, water, seeds, crop, fertilisers and pesticides but also extended for biodiversity, crop rotation, soil conditioning and sustainable growth.

How can I get authenticated organic food produce?

Organic is a process not product. The best way to get organic produce is to start interacting with farmers, not with traders or resellers. Ask questions to farmers, not the person who is at a counter. Unless we educate farmers and make him the aware importance of organic farming he will not understand the sensitivity of the topic.

All farmers are moving towards organic farming because a lot of business houses are committing them additional income and no one actually educating them why organic?

In 1972 all Indian farmers adopted green revolution technique just to get additional output and additional income no one was aware why green revolution and pros n cons of the same.

Similarly, organic cultivation is taking the same shape as green revolution and resulting in failure at a lot of places. Anyone who attended the organic farming seminar is becoming the trainer and educating farmer and misguiding him.

How I can get involved in this process?

The best solution is to adopt community supported agriculture (CSA). CSA is the moment which Shop for Change Fair Trade is willing to initiate under which united farmers and united consumers will collaborate with each other and fulfil their needs.

CSA – United consumers will adopt united farmers intellectually. Also, united consumers will assure united farmers to buy everything they grow in their field at the fair price with an assurance of sustainable income to the farmer.

Lets join India’s 1st Fair Trade moment and support farmers.

Keep following us to learn more about Fair Trade, Farmer, Health and Nature.

Saameer Ravindra Athavale 

fight poverty via trade, not aid!

Executive Director  

Shop for Change Fair Trade  

Mobile +91 93200 32675

Email sameer@shopforchange.in

Shop for Change Fair Trade is not for profit organisation which is working on developing the long-term partnership between farmer to a consumer without having any commercial interest.

Shop for Change is not a funded NGO we wish to run this NGO with support from people as we do believe that it should be a people’s mission, not some corporate mission.

Do visit our

website http://www.shopforchange.in

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“When a farmer supplies and fulfils our need, it becomes our duty (it’s not charity) to make sure his needs are equally met”

3 Basic Needs of Human Being

Food, clothing and Shelter are 3 basic needs of human being. All 3 needs fulfil from nature. Food and clothing are fulfilled with the help of farmer. We can live without clothing and shelter but we can not live without food.

Secret of Healthy Lifestyle

If food is so important then can we just analyse how much money we spend on essential food(not luxury food)? Ayurveda claims food thought and lifestyle concludes health of human being. Science says food motivates your thought process. If you eat healthily you will think healthy.  India’s Expert Nutritionist LUKE COUTINHO claims that food is medicine? So it’s important to eat good food to avoid medicine.

What is good food?

How some one can define good food and bad food. In simple language everything which is natural is good.  So if you want to live a better life you should eat naturally grown things. Anything which artificially produced can be defined as bad for your health. It is as simple as if you walk on the soil you feel good but you can not walk on raw concrete with bare foots.

Why is farmer Important?

The person who is responsible for supplying our basic 2 needs should have 2/3 of importance in our life. Do we really give so much importance to him? 

What is Importance of Nature?

Any car weighing 2000kg needs 3000kg raw iron. Few kg’s rice becomes few hundred kg in just 4 months. 

Farming is the only business where you get more output than input.  Nature is the only machinery where you get more than what you feed else every machinery gives less than what you feed.

Bharat Ek Krishi Pradhan Desh Hai?

We always hear in everyone speech that India is dependent on agriculture but do we really care about it? Do you think in today’s world farmer get same pride as Doctor or Engineer?

We care so much about pets in our house but we never care about the person who gives us food every day.

Why should we connect with farmers?

There is no communication between farmer and consumer because of which we never understand the real challenges of farmers. We talk with a lot of unknown friends but we never interact with farmers. We go for weekend picnics but we never visit farms from where ou food comes. We do visit a lot of agro-tourism centre and try to think how farmers live but we never try to reach out to the farmer and speak with him and ask him to supply the good food.

If we want to source some regular supply for our business house we visit the manufacturer we speak with is a team, we analyse his strength and weakness, we talk about quality.

Do we do the same thing in the case of food which we eat every day and so much important to us?

Let us support India’s 1st Fair Trade mission.

Keep following us to learn more about Fair Trade, Farmer, Health and Nature.

Saameer Ravindra Athavale 

fight poverty via trade, not aid!

CEO – Executive Director  

Shop for Change Fair Trade  

Mobile +91 93200 32675

Email sameer@shopforchange.in

Shop for Change Fair Trade is not for profit organisation which is working on developing the long-term partnership between farmer to a consumer without having any commercial interest.

Shop for Change is not a funded NGO we wish to run this NGO with support from people as we do believe that it should be a people’s mission, not some corporate mission.

Do visit our

website http://www.shopforchange.in

facebook page https://www.facebook.com/shopforchange/

twitter handle https://twitter.com/ShopforChange

WordPress blog https://shopforchange.wordpress.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

सध्या महाराष्ट्रात दुष्काळ असल्यामुळे शेतकरी हा विषय TRP बनला आहे . गेली अनेक वर्षे ह्या विषयावर सर्व स्तरावर चर्चा होत आहे . अजुनही ह्या विषयावर पुर्णतः निसर्गावर जबाबदारी टाकुन आपण मोकळे होत आहोत . ह्या वर्षी पाऊस चांगला पडला की शेतकरी अचानक समृध्द होइल असे स्वप्न पाहुन आपण मुळ मुद्दा टाळत आहोत . शेतकऱ्यांने कितीही मेहनत घेतली आणि निसर्गाने त्याला साथ दिली तरी हे सगळ बदलेल अस आपल्याला खरच वाटत का ?

शेतकरी हा जागतीक अर्थव्यवस्थेतील असा एकमेव घटक आहे जो सर्व कच्चा माल रिटेल बाजारातुन खरेदी करतो आणि तयार माल घाऊक बाजारपेठेत जाऊन विकतो आणि दोन्ही बाजुचा ट्रान्सपोर्टचा खर्च पण तोच करतो .
ह्या उलट इतर कुठलाही व्यवसायीक कच्चा माल घाऊक बाजारपेठेतुन घेतो . हा माल त्याच्या कारखान्यापर्यंत पोहचवला जातो . तयार झालेला माल तो व्यवसायीक रिटेल बाजारात विकतो आणि ते विकत घेणारा तयार माल त्याच्या कारखान्यातुन उचलतो .

औषध बनवणाऱ्या कंपन्या रिसर्च रिस्कच्या नावाखाली १००o % नफा कमवु शकतात . मात्र निसर्गाची कुठलीच जबाबदारी न स्विकारणाऱ्या समाजात शेतकरी नफा कमवतो कि नाही ह्याची साधी तसदी घेण्याची सुध्दा कुठली पध्दत अस्तीत्वात नाही .

निवडुणकीआधी कुठल्या पक्षाला किती जागा मिळेल ह्यावर महीनों न महिने चर्चा होऊ शकते पण पाऊस किती पडेल कुठल पीक घेतल्या मुळे शेती फायदेशीर होइल ह्याची चर्चा पण होताना दिसत नाही .
सेन्सेक्स किती अंशांनी वर किंवा खाली गेला हे रोज मन लावुन ऐकणारा समाज शेतकऱ्याला त्याच्या उत्पादनाचा किती दर मिळतो ह्याचा कधी अभ्यास करताना दिसत नाही .
हे सर्व बदलल पाहीजे अस आपल्या सगळ्यांना वाटत पण कस आणि केव्हा हे समजत नाही .
ह्या सगळ्या प्रश्नांवर उत्तर शोधुन ती जीवनात कायमस्वरूपी आणण्याचा ध्यास शॉप फॉर चेंज फेअर ट्रेड हया सेवाभावी संस्थेने घेतला आहे .
वरील प्रश्नांची उत्तर शोधुन त्यावर खालील प्रमाणे कार्यप्रणाली तयार केली आहे :
१ . शेतकऱ्याला हक्काची बाजारपेठ मिळवुन देण
२ . शेतकरी ते ग्राहक अशी मार्केट लींकेज तयार करण
3. शेतक-याला त्याच्या मालाचा हमीभाव मिळवुन देण
४ . ग्राहकाला वाजवी दरात चांगलामाल मिळवुन देण

असे अनेक उपक्रम शॉप फॉर चेंज फेअर ट्रेड ने हाती घेतले आहेत .
ह्या उपक्रमात जास्तीत जास्त लोकांनी सहभागी व्हाव ही विनंती .
आपण ह्या उपक्रमाला खालील प्रकारे मदत करू शकात:
१ . ह्या उपक्रमात आपाण ग्राहक बनुन शेतकऱ्याला शाश्वत बाजारपेठ दया
२ .  ह्या उपक्रमात स्वंयसेवक बनुन आपला अमुल्य वेळ देऊ शकता
3 . ह्या उपक्रमाला आर्थिक मदत करुन ही चळवळ अजुन मोठी करण्यास मदत करू शकता

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समीर आठवले
शॉप फॉर चेंज फेअर ट्रेड
http://www.shopforchange.in

Shop for Change @ kalaghoda

February 3, 2016

The only stall promoting Fair Trade labeled products.

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Wide Range of Fair Trade Products………………

 

 

About us:

Farmers and artisans in India have been deprived of economic growth. Shop for Change gives you a chance to hear their story and ensure their fair share through   FAIR TRADE !

Set up in 2009, ‘Shop For Change’, credited as India’s first fair trade label, works with the farmer and artisans to connect them directly to main stream markets, thus cutting through the long chain of intermediaries.

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  • Over 200,000 units of fair trade certified products sold in the Indian market.
  • Widespread success throughout the country, amounting to INR 10,00,000 fair trade bonus to producer organizations and their members.

 

No more intermediaries! Shop for Change brings you the hassle-free way to trade.

 

 

 

To know more about fair trade visit http://www.shopforchange.in

or whats app on 93200 32675

Saameer Ravindra Athavale

I have a big event (Kalaghoda and launching of India’s 1st online Fair Trade Shop) coming up soon for which I required assistance at various levels like content writing, banner designing and SEO optimization etc. My search was going on in different directions to get my work done through various sources as soon as possible. During this search I got to know about this social enterprise known as iVolunteer, which promotes volunteering. Their mission is to bring volunteers and organizations together to share time, skills and passion to promote India’s social development.  I thought to give it a try and I have to say my try was a real success. 

I contacted, Shruti (Mumbai Office Representative) from the team of iVolunteer and to my surprise, never saw such a quick response. They were there in my office, within a week’s time to get started with the work. WoW! This was unbelievable. Wait, but  this doesn’t stop here, they soon invited me to their event known as Skill Marathon which was organized on 23rd January 2016. It’s a platform where volunteer’s showcase their talent on various projects that contribute towards resolving social problems.

I was so impressed by their first step which they showcased towards my project, that I was totally inclined to go to their event. I was not dependent on them, but yes I was looking forward for this event. Till 22nd January, their team was putting efforts to gather volunteers and keep working for my big day event assignments.

On 23rd, as per the invitation I reached the venue sharp at 10:00 am and was again surprised to see, one of the volunteer assigned to my project Mr. Manoranjan Tiwari was ready present at the Skill Marathon event, before me. I remember the day when Shruti had come to my office and had taken all my requirements. Based on the requirements given, they had send their volunteer’s to work on my project. Amazing!

 

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Their team was giving me surprises through out the day. I shared 5 projects and all 5 were completed on that day itself. The entire event was managed with simplicity yet with commitment towards achieving the goal which was set by NGO’s.

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I would like to thank all volunteers who, with their skills supported a cause and allowed us to take Fair Trade moment ahead!

Rudra Biswas, Saheli Chaterjee, Walter D’souza, Arunava Basu and Manoranjan Tiwari

Last but not least special thanks to team iVolunteer Shalabh Sahai (Co-founder), Shrutee Limaye, Thryza Dow, Jayita Naha and all other team members.

 

Saameer Ravindra Athavale

fight poverty via trade  not aid!

 

 

 

trade vs fair trade

January 9, 2016

In my school days, I heard about Indian trade concept where people use to do business/trade with commodities. e.g. farmer will buy potteries by giving rice to potter-man and so on.

I believe, that was a start of fair trade where people just tried to full-fill our needs by compensating with the things they have in excess and helping each other.

“The day when trade changed from need base to profit base, fair trade practices started vanishing and greed took over the need.”

Here, take a look into previous and current scenario:

Previous Scenario:

  • why trade got evolved – to help each other
  • who are the beneficiaries –  producers and consumerstradeindia.jpg

Current Scenario:

  • what is the meaning of trade in current era – earn money
  • who are beneficiary – middle manconventional.png

Future Scenario:

Its time to challenge the current trade and move on to concept of Fair Trade which will benefit producer and consumers.faitrade.jpg

To know more about Fair Trade in India please visit http://www.shopforchange.in

or what’s app on +91 93200 32675

Regards,

Saameer Ravindra Athavale

Fair Trade Activist and Social Entrepreneur