India's farms are industrializing and monoculturing so the Saturday organic farmers' market in Pune is part of reclaiming relationship with and knowledge of traditional, wholesome foods.
As beautiful as tea plantations are, they're supported by pesticides and fertilizers that damage the soil and the farm workers. Workers who organized recently and now make at least $6/day. Doesn't pay for much health care.
Tata owns most of India's tea plantations, produces most of the world's tea, and is the largest company in India. Their name is on most cars and trucks here too. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tata_Global_Beverages
We've visited countless markets on this trip, as markets are along most roads, full of cheap plastic junk or low-cost other items often made in China. Even the food isn't sold by producers; direct farmer's markets are rare - yet returning! - so farmers may be able to make a profit. Debt is the main reason as many as 12,000 farmers commit suicide each year in India.
Now that we're in Kochi the fish is often fresh!
Organic India is just one company making a positive impact for people and the rest of creation. More hope in the next post.