Articles by Maneka Gandhi
May 13, 2019
Eggs consumed from poorly maintained Indian poultry farms are more of a health scare than part of healthy dietThe best eggs really come from hens that spend their days outdoors in a natural environment and scratch for insects, seeds and earthworms in the soil.
Apr 16, 2019
No pests in nature: Insects killed by pesticides have far more medicinal value than humans realiseMany insects, used in alternative medicine, are now being tested for mainstream medical products
Apr 03, 2019
Presence of animal gelatin in capsules, food ails consumer; vegan alternative need of the hourThere are vegan alternatives to gelatine: agar agar, pectin, starches, gums. But companies using gelatin say that they do not have the same chemical and mechanical properties. They are also slightly more expensive.
Mar 20, 2019
Commercialisation of cow dung may prevent farmers from abandoning bovine, help fix issue of stray cattleThere is a machine for making cow dung logs. My gaushala in Delhi bought one two years ago and we, too, sell the logs to Nigambodh Ghat. Even though we don't do this regularly, we earn Rs 60,000 a month.
Mar 12, 2019
Drugs are mainstay of meat production across globe; practices put profit ahead of human or animal healthWhen cooking chicken, or meat, for one’s family, most people are very careful to wash and cook the flesh properly. Unfortunately, there are some things which any amount of washing, boiling or roasting cannot clean out – and those are drugs.
Mar 04, 2019
Mythical animals and birds are integral to our culture; we must pass on their stories to the younger generationOther countries celebrate their mythical animals. Garuda belongs to Indian mythology but is the national bird and symbol of Indonesia.
Feb 27, 2019
Not all termites are pests; most are soil engineers, play key role in functioning of tropical ecosystemsOnly a handful of the 3,000 or so known termite species are pests for humans. The rest are soil engineers, who strengthen the ground under your feet and keep it healthy. Termites thrive by eating what others can’t or won’t: wood, dung, lichen, even dirt.
Feb 19, 2019
Animal cruelty not inherent part of Indian culture; hundreds of local deities proof of survival in harmonyTill a few decades ago, inspite of the culture of animal sacrifice and ritual hunts by tribals, it was, by and large, a peaceful country where people lived in harmony with animals and respected their lives.
Feb 12, 2019
Think before you drag them to a slaughterhouse, research says goats communicate with humans as dogs doGoats are fascinated by mirrors. Like dogs and horses, goats are comfortable living outside of a flock. They can learn unusual tasks, even choosing abstract symbols to request for water
Jan 29, 2019
The many species of ants and their similarities with humans: How the tiny insects showcase brutal survival skills and warfare tacticsAnts tend to separate the world in a rather simple way, into two classes: colony members and everybody else. Somewhat like humans.