SATYAMEV JAYATE episode 8: Aamir Khan talks about the poisonous pesticides in our food chain

Sun, June 24, 2012 1:37pm UTC by 30 Comments
SATYAMEV JAYATE episode 8: Aamir Khan talks about the poisonous pesticides in our food chain

India is a country that loves to celebrate food. And in the Satyamev Jayate promos when Aamir Khan hinted at food, he was actually hinting at the poison that we consume in our daily lives

A lot of speculation surrounded the eighth episode of Satyamev Jayate. In the promos, when Aamir Khan had uttered the word ‘food’, many thought this episode might be related to the problem of obesity. Yes, there’s no denying that it’s an issue today. But the eighth episode wasn’t about obesity. Aamir in today’s episode brought forward the dangerous side of food that we so lovingly prepare for our loved ones.

Aamir very rightly began by asking the ladies present that what food, they thought, was safe and healthy for their family. A majority of the women replied by saying that it’s the fresh, green leafy vegetables that they personally monitored and cooked. Alas! The problem turned out to be much deeper than just selecting fresh fruits and vegetables; and a tricky one too – pesticides!

And just so that viewers could gauge the gravity of the situation, Aamir brought forward cases that actually made people squirm in their seats, like he always does when the show begins. This time it was Dr Mohan who discussed the case of Kasargod, a village in Kerala that witnessed heavy overuse of pesticides because the area was used by the government to grow spices and cashew nuts. For 25 years, the region was air-sprayed by 22 lakh litres of endosalphan, a harmful pesticide that took its toll on the health of the villagers and the neighbouring fauna. Then Dr Srigopal Kabra brought forward the case of Jaipur where babies were being born with partially developed brains due to the absence of folic acid, destroyed by pesticides, in mothers.

Getting deeper into the case Aamir introduced us to farmers who were well aware of the harmful effects of these chemicals, yet they used it for the commercial produce ‘coz of their limitations. What’s more, Nilesh Desai, a farmer from Valsad even confessed that he grew separate mangoes for his family members, ones devoid of this harmful chemical. Truly, the situation was satirical.

Another interesting fact that came forward was the so called ‘cancer train’ that plied from Bhatinda to Bikaner carrying cancer patients for treatment. All this makes one wonder about the issue that has reached such large proportions, and yet failed to garner the attention required. The multinationals who manufacture the pesticides are to be blamed, perhaps.

Like in every episode of Satyamev Jayate, in this one too Aamir brought forward ‘the other’ point of view, one that was voiced by Dr Shroff, a scientist. “The effect of pesticides is exaggerated,” said Dr Shroff who also stated that DDT is completely harmless. Aamir pointed at what could be a possible and practical solution – steering a state towards an organic status, like Sikkim. The Chief Minister of Sikkim, Pawan Kumar Chamling said that by 2015, Sikkim would become an organic state.

And in the end, Aamir asked viewers all over the country to send in their views on whether they think that all states should follow the example of Sikkim or no.

Satyamev Jayate’s eighth episode followed the format of the show to the T. The points brought forward displayed the irony of the whole situation and how tied we are when it comes to the most basic necessity required for healthy living. Yes, it touched our hearts. But the emotional quotient this time was lower as compared to Satyamev Jayate‘s other episodes. Probably because this time it wasn’t a serious social issue. Even so, will this episode bring forward a change in the unabashed use of pesticide in the country? Or will it trigger another series of unending discussions? We’ll know soon. And guess we can all anticipate what will be the flavour of discussion in this coming week. And kudos for that, Aamir!Subscribe to me on YouTube

  • Narendra Mehta

    I am regular to show all your Episode. Today, for pesticides but you have not covered Chemical Fertilizers, it would have more guidance to farmers. Chemical Fertilizers are also dangerous and many items are restricted in other countries. You may find out points from recording of Late. Rajiv Dixit(Former scienties divert his life in “Swadeshi Abhiyan”. All your episode are protecting to our Nation from various angles.

    • Shiv Narayan Chaudhary

      I am also regular listner and watched your TV program yesterday on pesticide and its effect on people’s life. Really,yesterday program was very fruitful to open eye the general people like me that adverse effect of pesticide in people’sl life. The problem is same in Nepal.Everthing has been cover in the program but i felt one thing has been missed which is the eco-politics behind it. why and how such multi national company and big commercial organization create dependency amongh common farmer through market.

      • Abhijit

        Aamirji your movies as well as this new kind of logic eposide is very impressive so God Bless You ….carry on your progress…. India apke saath hain.

  • junaid waqas

    That is very nice show nd keep. It we’ll thanx u

  • Ashoka2000

    Monsanto has modified the soy DNA so that is diminishes the ability to have children and sterilizes 2nd generation. Google it. AIDs and STD are promoted with corrupted life styles in movies and video targeting children to have bad lives. Toxins in the food are designed to lower the population. Peoples lands are cleverly being taken from the farming people to force them to move into the filthy disease ridden cities. People must learn and say NO to these things.

  • malleswar.cd

    1.In our country though we have organic products marketed in several big departmental stores, there is no certifying process to ensure they are really organic products. Many times pesticide ridden products are sold under organic branding for higher prices.Awareness alone is not enough, effective checks are needed.
    2. Regarding making legislation that can bring effective lokpal or electoral reforms: vested interests prevent those in governance to enact such laws. The debate should be on how such laws should be enacted.
    3. We should also debate on population control: as wahatever growth measures we take the people below pverty line remains high. No government could muster enough resources to help the situation.

    • Senthil

      Dear Sir as I am from farmer family we are not interested use pesticides but without pesticides our production will be reduced to 50% with organic farming and due to cheap market price for our products we are already with heavy loss, Only middle man is profited. So I stopped farming and now working in company. Don,t worry about pesticide included food we wont get even that food in near future as most of current youngsters are not ready to do farming..If I was still doing farming I might not be able to pay my kids school fees…Kindly check with Farmers suicides you can get a shocking reports..Farming made me hard worker and now I can compete any one in any field..Thank you

  • Aabid khan ( srinagar)

    Aamir your movies as well as this new kind of logic eposide is very impressive so God Bless You ….carry on your progress….

  • ravi

    I am agree with the comment of malleswar.cd.

    wanted to add that though goverment can appoint a committee to check out the product in every market but again there is no gaurantee that the person will do his/her job with loyalty and will not take bribe for the same for give his/her report correctly. so we need to working on doing our job wit total loyaly.

  • vranda sharma

    aamir sir i was vry happy to know that someone in our country is trying to fight with illegal practices. whatever u r doing is not an easy task but you dare to do it, only some people in this world live for others and u r one of them. me and all my friends watch all ur shows together and we all r vry much imprsssed by ur bravery that how u make changees in peples mind

  • ajay sheth

    BASICALLY NOT AGREED WITH the matters reg. endosalphan chemical effected very badly in our daily lives as Mr. Aamir Khan has shows the ONE SIDED STORY only.
    Whether Mr. Khan is under pressure of Multi national companies?? or working with any other Interest??

  • NASEEM KOHATI

    ALTHOUGH PEOPLE WILL NOT TAKE THIS EPISODE AS A SERIOUS CONCERN NEVERTHLESS IT IS A SERIOUS ISSUE ANY FOOD WHICH WE CONSUME IF IT IS BEING TEMPERED LIKE MILK OR ANY CHEMICAL IS BEING ADDED TO IT IS GOING TO HAVE A NEGATIVE AFFECT ON OUR BODY SOONER OR LATTER ITS A GOOD EPISODE YES I DO BELIEVE WE SHOULD FOLLOW SIKKIM STATE GOD BLESS YOU AAMIR

    • dileep kumar

      GOD BLESS YOU AAMIR

  • sampat mal daga

    I FULLY AGREE TO MR AMIR VIEW THAT BY THIS PROCESS THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD COME FORWARD TO GIVE MORE SUBSIDY TO FARMERS WHO DO WORK SO HARD FOR NOT THEIR LIVELIHOOD BUT TO THE NATION
    AND ALIVE US BY SUPPLYING ORGNIC FOODTO OUR PEOPLE. THEY ARE NOT LESS THAN OUR JAWAN WHO FIGHT FOR THE SAFETY OF THE NATION.IN FACT WE ALL SHOULD GIVE A JOINT VOICE AND DEMAND TO PRESS THE GOVRNMENT TO ACT FAST. WHY NOT ANNA AND BABARAMDEO TAKE THIS ISSUE RATHER THAN OTHER POLITICAL ISSUE. HAT OFF AMIR.

  • pradeep patil

    dear sir i am so happy and say thanks to you because you are not only the entetainer but also the educator for all we indians.

  • sunil vish

    Sir, your whole work is very nice about all episodes it is not a entertainment but also a education for every person thank you so much

  • vikas arora

    Aamir ji,Through Satyamev Jayate U raised the issue “Pesticides in our Plate” on National & International Level.
    In Punjab K.V.M. is Playing a Major role to get rid of Pesticides from our food chain. Other celebrities should also play their role to save Earth. Thanks for choosing this issue & hope You will also contribute to save Earth in future.

  • tia

    Dear Aamir, i have watched all your episodes & cried myt heart out your programme has touched me immensly & thank you so much for bringing to our awareness that such evil people exist in t his world o my god how can these people look at themselves in the mirror.Aamir we live in Paris & my husband was asked to open up an office in India i jumped to the idea telling him i was taking time off as i wanted to work with the disabled children whilst there but Aamir the episode on the malpratice of the doctors frightened me to a point that i dont have the courage to come to india it is a great loss to me but Aamir you are a unique one so keep up the work all our best wishes to you
    yours Sincerely
    Tia

  • nina raymond

    keep up the good work I am switching to organic produce.

  • Mrs. Musker

    Dear Mr. Khan, we watched your programme on pesticides with great interest. We have a small cashew orchard in Goa and are costantantly going to the ICAR for fly traps which they refuse to sell us and rather rudely insist that we buy endosulfan. Would be very grateful for any information for cashew borer fly traps. Keep up the fight. You are a true hero. Thanking you in anticipation.

  • yogini thakker

    hi aamir u don a great gob for us we proud to be have u with us u have a big darr.. no one can do this u we mi. cl.. see all this we know it alls wrong but we r help less.. u r the voi…of all …. we always there with u..india need the people like u..u r great.. atlest u try to do some thing….for us..be there always… we love u……..

  • Rasheswari ray chowdhury

    What can I say?….am just speechless,we use to talk about this matter but never raise our voice, now am hoping maybe 1day I won’t be ashamed of anything I can proudly say yes am an Indian.

  • narendra singh

    no doubt pesticides are very poisonous to the human and animals even to the plants as we are using. it is all due to the lack of awareness among the users and the government machinary not able to control the use, production , promotion. in certain case we are not even know wheather this pesticide is to be used on such crops or not but we are using abudantly.for example oxi toxcin is a hormone in human and animals for certain conditions but somewhere this hormone is used in vegetable for fast growth to get the better price. imagine harmones are the secretion of the body and are used in part per million doze and if it give some illl effect then then the Even DNA structure can also be cchanged. it has observered adolance stages symptoms develop faster in cities where oxitoxcine harmone is used for early milking of buffalo na cows.

  • narendra singh

    pesticides production , filling ,packing are doing mannualy where most of the peoples are suffering by various body disorders. i visited in some place there was apesticides shop and on sale counter a young graduate girl was on the shop in his father absanse. i told fer that this is not good for your health after a long time the effect will be visible even not able to produce the baby then your parants will feel that either you or your counter part are responsible. even though that young girl was not able to under stand. pesticides are sold near by to the food stuffs , kairana shop .

  • Dr. Basavaraja G.

    ameerji,Iam quite happy with your programme. you are a defferent kind of artist, have realsocial concern.the issues you have taken are very important.there are somany institutions for checkup the quality of food.but it is paradox that most of them are officially dead.At least they shouldhave to wakeup by this kind of programmeswe expect some programmes like this.wish you all the best.

    • GANESH DUTT MISRA

      I think some handy electronic gadets may be researched and produced so taht like BP/Glucose, we should be able to measure permissiable limits of pesticides in our food.

  • GANESH DUTT MISRA

    Hello Amir Ji,
    Well done, I remember aLady research scolar from IIT Kanpur told amout presence of Endosulphan 800 times im omther;s milk which caused due to use of pesticides in our food. I am not finding her details in above description. I had a suggestion why not Researchers think about making one electronic gadgets to measure presence of pesticides in our food. Further such handy meters would be fruitful for consumer to identify between organic and non-organic food, so that they are not cheated by producers. Govt has to act fast to reduce subsidy and give same subsidy to Organic farming.

    • Manish P

      I think the program did not do justice, it brought out half truth. Pesticides are must for farmers, their are virus and bacterial attacks on produce too. Just like any Pharma medicine is poison if taken in over dose same way pesticides taken in over dose is wrong. This facts all Pesticides company are well aware of and they have put tremendous efforts to promote that aspect to farmers through their CSR arm. It was not expected of a perfectionist Aamir giving half information making false allegations.

  • jyotish kumar

    sir mai chattisgar jile me bilaspur saher k ek chote se ganw ka rahne wala hu,, sir mujhe apne ma ka brest cancer ka ilag karana h so plz help me sir… mai kya karu sir mujhe gujrat me jo trust chal rahi h cancer pasent k liye waha ki informetion dene ki kripa kare sir,,this is my contect no.9303904047..

  • vilas nagmoti

    sir, I am working with GREEN PLANET this company lounch organic product for agricluture so i want sataymev jayte episode no 8 for videos
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