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Experts harp on organic farming to promote food safety

By Ikenna Uwadileke

The Abundance of Hope initiative, a non-governmental organization (NGO) Monday in Abuja, underscored the need for farmers to engage in organic farming , which is crucial to ensuring food security in the country.

The organization’s executive director, Mr. Taiye Sasona, said this during an advocacy program to commemorate World Food Security Day 2021 and educate young people to understand the importance of food security.

The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that World Food Safety Day celebrated every June 7 aims to attract attention and inspire action to help prevent, detect and manage foodborne risks.

The theme of the 2021 edition is “Safe food today for a healthy future”.

Sasona stressed that producing and consuming healthy food has immediate and long-term benefits for people, the planet and the economy.

He says recognizing the systematic links between the health of people, animals, planets, the environment and the economy will help us meet the needs of the future.

“Previously, most young people didn’t understand what we meant by food security, so now we say that the food we eat starts with how you produce it until how it gets to the table.

“It’s because organic products contain fewer chemicals.

“This tries to recognize the global burden of foodborne illness, which affects individuals of all ages, especially children under five and people living in low-income countries,” Sasona said.

He stressed that food safety is a shared responsibility between governments, producers and consumers.

“Everyone has a role to play, from farm to fork, to ensure the food we eat is safe and healthy,” said Sasona.

He said: “One of the most common illnesses resulting from the consumption of contaminated food is diarrheal disease which causes 550 million illnesses and causes 230,000 deaths each year according to the Food and Agriculture Organization. (FAO).

The keynote speaker of the event, Mr. Opialu Opialu, said that the food security problem started with the generation of fertilizers and other chemicals “which we thought was a faster way to get over it. good agricultural yields ”.

According to him, the chemical residues that improve the growth of crops have given rise to a food poison which is not good for the body.

“The way to achieve food security is to go back to the kind of agriculture that people used to do – that is, without using chemical fertilizers.

“The essence of the Food Safety Day is making sure we are protected by what we eat and that is everyone’s business because we are all involved in the process that leads to safety and health. food insecurity.

“The reason we insist on organic farming is that the application of non-chemical products improves the soil as opposed to chemicals which can cause soil degradation.

Ms Agnes Olorunmotito, an agricultural expert, expressed concern that most of the food consumed in Nigeria was produced chemically.

While giving examples of people ripening fruits such as bananas, mangoes, plantains with chemicals, she warned that the practice was destructive to human health.

Olorunmotito pointed out that some of the benefits of organic farming included building the organic system, natural and better taste that comes from a well-balanced and nourished soil.

She added that organic farming favors quality over quantity, preserves agricultural diversity and improves vitamins and nutrients in the body.

For her part, Patience Braimoh, also an expert, said collaboration was needed at global, regional and local levels between government sectors and across borders to tackle foodborne disease outbreaks and ensure globally safe foods.

“Healthy eating is essential not only for improving health and food security, but also for the livelihoods, economic development, trade and international reputation of every country,” said Braimoh.

She stressed that foodborne illness hinders socio-economic development by straining health systems.

“A zero hunger world can only be achieved if the food consumed is safe.

“On this World Food Security Day and every day, let’s all decide and act to make sure that food security is everyone’s business,” she said. (NAA)

(NAN)

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