India – "A small change by everyone is a big step for the whole world". Seminar on biological lifestyle

20 March 2020

(ANS - Panjim) - "We all know that it is not possible to sustain the present level of consumption in developed countries and wealthier sectors of society, where the habit of wasting and discarding has reached unprecedented levels....It is foreseeable that, in the face of the exhaustion of some resources, a favorable scenario for new wars, masked with noble demands, is being created." (Pope Francis, Laudato Sì, 27-57). Aware of the importance of respecting and protecting Creation in all its forms, starting with changing one's daily habits, the Ecotiva Club members of Don Bosco College, Panjim (DBC), successfully organised a workshop on Organic Lifestyle on campus on March 14, 2020.

Attending the workshop was DBC Manager Father Joaquim Lobo who said that a little change by each of us was a huge step for the world, thus summarizing the workship's motif.

The Principal, Dr. Cedric Silveira, addressing the participants, congratulated the organizers and the team of Ecotiva Club, in-charge Glenda Mascarenhas, FY BBA, Alisha Dias, Secretary Ecotiva Club Saif Ali Khan, and the Student Council.

In her session, Clinical Nutritionist Sheryl Alfonso E D’souza spoke about a healthy nutritious diet and its importance. Tearing down multiple myths and misconceptions about health and nutrition, she advised the participants to practice smart shopping by giving the dos and donts list when in a supermarket or a local market.

Speaking on the occasion, Miguel Braganza focused on eco-friendly methods of growing plants and pest control management. He highlighted topics like waste management, composting, and related. He also spoke on the use of dangerous fertilizers and encouraged the participants to use organic options instead.

Aquaponics experts Peter Singh and Neeno Kaur addressed the topic of organic gardening and why it is a better option saying that the only way to ensure your food is one hundred percent organic is by growing it yourself. Neeno Kaur explained how they have been practicing Aquaponics in their home.

Later, Rina Barreto E Shankar concluded the workshop with a brief session on microgreens together with Vishesh Mardolkar. Radish and sunflower microgreens were then passed on to the participants for tasting. A makeshift tent displaying various microgreens was also set up with options for sale. During the breaks, the guests were served Kokum and Khatkhatem with bread in keeping with the theme of the day.

Source: Don Bosco Panjim


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