1. What is Safe Harvest?

“SAFE HARVEST” is a brand which stands for safe and affordable food. It is held by Safe Harvest Private Limited, a company registered in 2009 under the Companies Act, 1956. SHPL is visualized as a company that will market a range of economically priced agricultural commodities and food products grown without chemical pesticides. The company’s objective is to benefit small and marginal farmers by increasing their market access and incomes and creating an identity for their produce.

2. How did Safe Harvest Private Limited start?

How did Safe Harvest Private Limited start. The driving force behind SHPL is the Non-Pesticide Management Agricultural Consortium formed by 8 NGOs (Chetna, Chirag, CIKS, Samarthak Samiti, SPS, Samuha, Satvik and WASSAN) working with small and marginal farmers across the country as a response to the ills of conventional agriculture and the entry barriers and unrealistic aspects of organic agriculture.

3. What is meant by Non-Pesticide Management Initiative?

There is growing awareness in India about the serious negative consequences of chemical pesticide use. The Green Revolution of the mid-1960s was built on the idea of raising agricultural productivity through the intensive use of pesticides and other chemicals. Widespread use of such chemicals has led to large-scale pollution of soil and water resources, with consequences for human health. There is growing evidence, for example, that in parts of the Punjab, pesticide-induced cancer is on the rise.

Despite increasing awareness about the health implications of pesticide contamination in our foods, safe food is hard to come by. Certified organic food is produced by a small number of farmers, and is priced at a considerable premium.

4. What is the significance of the Zero Label?

Zero label guarantees Zero usage of synthetic pesticides and herbicides, fungicides during cultivation, processing, storage, transportation and packaging of all the products. It also confirms that these products are directly sourced from farmer/farmer producer institutions, certified based on stringent non-pesticide management farming standards, following the principles of participatory guarantee system, farm level audits and lab tests for pesticide residues.

5. Why don’t you sell organic food?

Safe Harvest does not sell or brand itself as a trader in organic food, because of the limited impact-creating potential of organic food, both at farm-level and for the consumers.

At the farmer-level, certification of land for organic agriculture is a risky, time-consuming, tedious and bureaucratic process for farmers, involving high certification costs. Hence, only 1% of the land in the country is certified organic despite upto 20 years of work in the field. Moreover, in an economy of mono-culture, the soil gets deficient in certain essential nutrients, which needs to be supplemented artificially. We believe, that once farmers start adopting NPM practices, they will be in a better position to embrace permaculture and complete chemical free farming practices.

For the consumers, genuine organic food always is priced much more expensively. This premium is because of demand from the foreign market and limited supply. 85% of the organic food in the country is exported offshore.

The health effects of residual pesticides in crops is more pronounced in humans and also other species. Hence, for the foreseeable future, NPM is the only viable alternative to the ills of conventional food, while organic food remains a fad.

6. What is the difference between organic food and non-pesticide food?

Non-pesticide food is food grown with or without chemical fertilizers, but definitely without chemical pesticides, herbicides, insecticides and fungicides. Organic food involves the non-use of chemical fertilizers in addition to the above.

7. Who are your partners?

Our partners are spread across the country. These are mostly NGOs, farmer producer organizations, trusts or commercial organizations working with small and marginal farmers across the country.

8. Where is the food sourced from?

The food is sourced from different regions of India, preferably the place where the particular crop has its home. This includes Sona Masuri rice from Karnataka; Jeera from Gujarat; Wheat from Madhya Pradesh; Jaggery, Sugar and Herbs from Uttarakhand, Pulses from the Andhra-Maharashtra belt, Pooni Rice from Tamil Nadu and so on.

9. Why should I purchase Safe Harvest food?

Safe Harvest food is safe. It is affordable. It makes difference to lives of thousands of farmers, by making a substantial difference in their living standards and personal health. Moreover it is cooks better, is tastier and is appreciated by one and all once served.

10. Where can I find Safe Harvest food?

Safe Harvest food is currently available in about 50 retail stores across Bangalore and Hyderabad, available on online stores, and in speciality restaurants. To find the nearest store, you can contact our sales team.

11. There is no store nearby that has Safe Harvest products. How can I order?

If you are living in Bangalore, now you can order Safe Harvest from the comfort of your home, through www.bigbasket.com

12. I want to order a monthly hamper of commodities that I use monthly. How can I place a recurring order for the same?

Join up with a few friends of yours. Deliveries for a combined monthly order above Rs. 5000/- can be arranged. Please contact our sales team for more details. In addition, you would be eligible for special discounts. However, this service is presently available only in Bangalore.

13. My friends and myself want to buy Safe Harvest food in bulk. Can we get any special discount?

Yes. Single orders above Rs. 10,000/- are eligible for bulk discounts. Please contact our sales team for more details. However, this service is presently available only in Bangalore.

14. How do I reach out in case if I have a suggestion or a complaint to make?

Please contact us through mail, telephone, the online form or by dropping at our Bangalore office. The details are available on the Contact Us page. We are all ears!!

15. What can I do to help the Non-Pesticide Management Initiative?

There are many things that you can do to support the non-pesticide management initiative. You can submit blogs on our website. You can help raise funds and donations for our NGO partners. You can spread word among friends about NPM products in the market. You can insist the nearest store not having NPM products to start shelving it. You can give suggestions to us through our Contact Us page. And you can also choose to join and work with us or our partner organizations.

16. Can Safe Harvest help me to visit the farms and check the produce for myself?

Yes. We are still planning the logistics and feasibility of that, and shall keep you informed on the same.

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