We all are always concerned about the food we eat and whether it is safe and healthy and free of germs.But afe food production practices at the farm can ensure that the fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy and poultry products are well-tended from the source. All these farmers who thought farming was not profitable are once again enthused as we make sure they produce the best quality products for the consumers. Now, the farmer who had a loan has paid it back and can provide for his family. They also understand that providing healthy food for consumers isn’t just sustainable, it’s the right thing to do. They’re happy, we are happy and our consumers are happy.

Pesticides, fertilizers and other chemicals, when used without prescription get into the food chain early and end up on our plates. Similarly, veterinary drugs and antibiotics, when used without proper prescription also get into the food we eat.

This year, World Health Day focuses on Food Safety – a theme that resonates with everyone. Safe food is needed for everybody, from growing children and adolescents to pregnant women and older adults. Food safety involves everyone, from those in government and civil society to the private sector and communities that buy and prepare food. 

Unsafe food and water are linked to the deaths of an estimated 2 million people annually – including many children. Unsafe food and water kills an estimated 700 000 children in WHO South-East Asia Region every year. Foodborne illnesses are usually either infectious or toxic in nature. These illnesses may occur through the consumption of food or water contaminated by bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances. Foodborne pathogens such as Salmonella, Escherichia coli, or Campylobacter can cause severe illnesses or even death. Chemical contamination can lead to acute poisoning or long-term diseases such as cancer. 

We all need to take care of our health. We all shall remain healthy and safe and work together as a team to nurture ourselves with God's gift of health.