10000 People March in Mumbai for the cause of Organic and Chemical Free Farming

 

This KISSAN DIWAS, HOSH – Helping Our Society Heal, an initiative by Mr. Harish Shetty & the AmbaGopal Foundation in association with TATA Memorial Hospital flagged off its first ever campaign towards an organic state with the ‘HOSH Walk’ today in Mumbai. The walk is the first step of the campaign focused towards banning of harmful chemicals across the country, thus providing healthier living options to combat life-threatening diseases like cancer. The crusade gained tremendous momentum, where over 10,000 citizens of Maharashtra joined the signature campaign from Shivaji Park, Dadar up to Siddhivinayak Temple and back for the cause.

 

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The walk was flagged off by Mrs. Gunwanti Sanghvi, a cancer patient from Tata Memorial Hospital along with Mr. Harish Shetty, Founder AmbaGopal Foundation, Shri Rahul Shewale, Member of Parliament and Mr. S.H. Jafri from Tata Memorial Hospital. The event witnessed over 100 Cancer patients in wheelchairs from the Tata Memorial Hospital, who took part in the walk and carried slogans which read “Poison in every Plate… Save Us”. Over 1000 farmers from nearby districts of Maharashtra and other crusaders championing the cause of organic and chemical free farming attended the event.

 

Taking a page out of Sikkim’s initiatives to become the first Indian state to have banned the use of chemical based fertilizers, the foundation aims to build awareness among people on the importance of chemical free farming, thus making India an organic country that produces only natural grains and fruits. Additionally, this initiative also intends to try and bridge the gap between the farmers and the society by connecting them directly to the people.

Speaking about the initiative, Mr. Harish Shetty, founder of AmbaGopal Foundation, and a well-known entrepreneur, philanthropist and health evangelist said, “Natural and organic farming is indeed the need of the hour. It is a well-known fact that the grains, fruits and vegetables grown today use multiple chemicals which are hazardous to the health of the consumers. The initiative that Sikkim began needs to be taken across the country to strengthen India as a healthy nation. We are overwhelmed with the turn out and are happy that the people have accepted the mission and joined this movement. However, this is just the beginning and there’s a long way to go from here.”

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