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We Are What We Eat: Karachi Farmers Market prepares you for food sovereignty!

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M. M. ALAM

KARACHI: In order to raise awareness about the food hazards, a group of like-minded people has created an entity called Karachi Farmers Market (KFM). 

Providing a platform for responsible producers to have direct market access, KFM endeavors to give an opportunity to karachiites to eat better by fostering a local organic community.

Consumers are encouraged to buy fresh, locally produced, organically grown and naturally processed food.

Speaking to NewsPakistan.TV at KFM’s weekly Alliance Française (French Cultural Center) bazaar KFM’s Maheen Zia said: “The idea is that we all want to become healthier”.

Pointing towards prevalent diseases here she said that despite being an agricultural country we don’t have so much sustainably grown produce available for us to eat.

“We have Subzi Mandis but we don’t have Farmers’ Markets. So the idea is to introduce Farmers Markets”, Maheen Zia maintained.  

Sara Nasir-ud-din who handles KFM’s marketing informed they ensured that the vendors were offering healthy foodstuff: “We have an entire process of vetting all our vendors”.

She added that before letting any seller come to the Farmers’ Market they send them an application form: “If we feel they have passed the application then we go and visit them whether it be a farm, whether it be something they are making at their home in their private kitchen”.  

KFM also promotes self reliance by encouraging citizens to set up their own small scale kitchen gardens.

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Beat diabetes by shedding 10-15kgs of weight: study!

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LONDON: Since dieting loses fat allowing pancreas work properly again, losing weight enormously helps contain diabetes.

The concentration of body fat around pancreas causes stress to beta cells (that controls blood sugar levels) in the organ. 

When they stop producing enough of the hormone insulin, blood sugar levels augments out of control.

Glasgow University Professor Mike Lean speaking about a new study said: “We now have clear evidence that weight loss of 10-15kgs is enough to turn this disease around. One in 11 adults worldwide has diabetes, and most of them have type 2.

“Uncontrolled sugar levels cause damage throughout the body, leading to organ failure, blindness and limb amputations”.

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Chemical-free home remedies for toothache!

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Baking Soda

         Use mouthwash made of warm water mixed with

two tablespoon of baking soda.

 Black Pepper

Use black pepper mixed with salt on your toothache.

Clove

Put a couple of cloves on your toothache till the pain goes away.

Cucumber

Put sliced pieces of cucumber on sore area.

Garlic

Mash garlic and place the mixture in your mouth. 

Ice Cube

Put an ice cube in clean cloth and place on your cheek having toothache.

Mint Leaves

Chew mint leaves and put it over toothache.

Onion

Put a slice of onion on toothache.

Potato

Put a slice of potato on toothache.

Teabag

Put a warm teabag in your mouth (don’t tear it).

 

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Air pollution increases risk of low birth weight in babies!

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LONDON: According to a new study air pollution significantly increases the risk of low birth-weight in babies, leading to lifelong harm to health.

Research carried out here holds that generally, two billion children – 90% of all children around the Globe – are exposed to air pollution above WHO guidelines.

Study held that there were no possible ways for women in cities to avoid harmful exposure to air pollution during pregnancy.

They called for crucial action from governments to cut pollution from vehicles, industries, and other sources.

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