Eat green

by Shahzaman Khuhro on 28th December, 2012 at 2:23 PM CEST

Eating green, healthy and hygienic has become a dream in cities like Karachi in Pakistan. Almost all the big cities around the world are substantially populated but in case of Karachi the infrastructure, availability of food and drinking water do not synchronize with the population.

The population of Karachi is over 19 million. It is very densely populated and quite often it faces food shortage which results into increase in the rates of food items and people are compelled to pay high prices. In order to bridge the supply and demand gap production is carried out at the local level. Moreover, Karachi faces paucity of drinking water as well therefore most of the vegetables cultivation is done with the sewerage water or wasted water by industries. Such water contains large amounts arsenic and cadmium along with other toxins that cause stomach cancer, hepatitis and a number of other chronic diseases. If these elements exceed the level of 0.03 nanogram per gram and 0.05 nanogram per gram then they can be fatal as well.


The findings of tests run by Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) revealed the following:

  • Cauliflower contains 41 percent higher amount of lead, 0.24 ng/gram arsenic and 0.372 ng/g cadmium.
  • (Arsenic and cadmium are considered harmless if remain within the limit of 0.03 ng/g and 0.05 ng/g respectively.)
  • Lemon contains 21 percent higher amount of lead and 0.16 ng/g cadmium.
  • Bitter Gourd contains 48 percent higher amount of lead and 0.24 ng/g cadmium.
  • Beatroot contains 46 percent higher amount of lead, 0.18 ng/g arsenic and 0.69 ng/g cadmium.
  • Green Chilli contains 22 percent higher amount of lead.
  • Cucumber contains 41 percent higher amount of lead, 0.64 ng/g arsenic and 0.39 ng/g cadmium.

Tip of the Week: My father who is an economist and a tax expert devised a solution for the above cited problem. He preferred growing vegetables at home and with a very tight supply of water. He took wooden boxes which are usually used by fruit sellers to pack fruits before selling them, we acquire these wooden boxes from fruit market – these fruit boxes have air passages available – we fill them with soil and fertilizer. We keep watering these boxes until they are fully soaked and sow the seeds. Since the boxes are small hence the water supplied to them has very low chances of wastage and the plants always remain soaked and we need very low supply of water to grow them. I think if we start this practice they will be able to decrease their dependence on the vegetables available in the market. People who live in buildings and apartments can cultivate these vegetables on their rooftops. We can find out solution to each and every problem if we start thinking out of the box! Shahzaman Khuhro, Writers Action Team #9

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Hmmm... we need to eat 'green' for us to be healthy because it helps prevent diabetes and other sicknesses associated with eating junk foods

30th December, 2012 @ 2:53 PM CEST

Syed Mehmood Kazmi

Syed Mehmood Kazmi | Action team

According to a research, by 2050 only vegetarians will survive. :)
I also second you for GREEN WORLD. Vegetables make us strong and healthy.

30th December, 2012 @ 3:16 PM CEST

Mariam Vadria

Mariam Vadria | Action team

This is great inspiration! Your dad's an extremely smart person to have discovered such a proactive solution!

An extension of Green Living is now visible in all other aspects of life too, beyond food as well. Cars, homes, materials, bags - the environment can only survive if we all take up an individual and collective promise to live green!

31st December, 2012 @ 9:54 PM CEST

pacifique ndayishimiye

pacifique ndayishimiye

very nice pic of green plants.i like it!

4th January, 2013 @ 9:16 PM CEST

Olukunle Osesina

Olukunle Osesina

While vegetarian diets meet protein requirements, they are typically lower in total intake of protein than non-vegetarian diets. Antioxidants found in Vitamin C, Vitamin E and beta carotene are our body's defence against free radicals - highly-reactive molecules that may lead to premature ageing and disease.
People with high intakes of antioxidant-rich fruit and vegetables are about half as likely to get cancer compared with people who have low intakes.

8th January, 2013 @ 11:38 PM CEST

Jana Laković

Jana Laković

Wonderful and inspiring green text :)

22nd February, 2013 @ 4:19 PM CEST

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