Support farmers who grow organic food crops to produce more-Dr. Sasu told Ghanaians
The Founder and Director of Health Works Ghana, Dr. Samuel Sasu has called on all Ghanaians to rally behind farmers who are into cultivation of organic food crops and support them financially to grow more foodstuffs to feed the nation.
According to him most foodstuffs produced in the country today are either Genetically Modified Organism(GMOs), inorganic or those produced using bad methods which simply lacks the required standards for consumption therefore inimical to the health of people.
He was speaking at the launch of 2017 VegGhana Vegfest on the the topic Vegan, Vegetarianism and Healthy Lifestyles. The 2017 Vegfest is scheduled to come off on the 1st of December, a day set aside for the commemoration of this year’s farmers day.
Health is said to be wealth therefore healthy eating is the way to healthy lifestyle but unfortunately the foodstuffs we consume these days are mainly produced using bad methods which is injurious to health of many people. Most farmers with the intent of making high profits often resort to spraying their crops with hazardous chemicals in order to increase the yield. The end result is the contributory factor to many lifestyle diseases that people suffer from leading to premature deaths.
But explaining the rationale behind VegGhana’s motto: “Healthy Lifestyle Beyond Meatless Diet”, Dr. Samuel Sasu who is also a specialist in Ayurvedic medicine noted living a healthy lifestyle beyond a meatless diet is not only eating meat but eating healthy; meaning consumption of organically grown foodstuffs.
He maintained the foodstuffs that are produced locally today differs from that of the 1950s which is wholesome and healthy but bemoaned the the kinds of foods we eat presently are genetically modified including others which are produced through bad methods. He cited wheat as an example of genetically modified food in circulation which he attributed to as the bane contributing rapidly to impotency in men including diabetes and other sicknesses killing most people prematurely.
While urging people to desist from eating wheat and bread which he referred to as unsafe to human consumption, Dr Sasu also cautioned against soya milk consumption which according to him is the cause of impotency in men today.
He therefore charged all and sundry to ‘say no to GMOs and bad way of producing our own foodstuffs’ and accord farmers who plant their crops organically the maximum support to be able to produce more for human consumption. He equally called for the cleanliness of our God-given environment at all times.
In his welcome address, President of VegGhana, Dr Kofi Asare stressed the need for all and sundry to adopt a healthy lifestyle by eating only plant based diet at all times.
“We want people to come the way we’ve been coming or the way we’ve already started going because we want a healthier than a healthy Africa” he stressed.
Dr Asare said: “most of the lifestyle diseases that we have these days stemmed out of what we eat mainly” as a result of poor eating habit”.
He therefore suggested eating of our basic staple foods like “ablongo, abolo, yakayake, tubani, atseke, gari & beans, roasted plantain and groundnut among others to junk foods as a way to keep oneself healthy.
The President also debunk the allegation that vegetarianism is expensive when he asked the audience a question: “what is more expensive? a kilo of meat or a kilo of tomatoes or cabbage?.
He called on all Ghanaians to join the Vegetarian Association of Ghana(NGO) because “it has enormous benefits to promote healthy lifestyle which is wealth to all living things”.
The launch of the 2017 Vegfest was to highlight to Ghanaians the importance of Vegetarian Association of Ghana(VegGhana) as well as the significance of the festival that seeks to promote healthy lifestyle and food.
By Joseph Kobla Wemakor/Ghananewsone.com