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Press ReleaseNew Delhi, 14 November 2015

Yuva Anna Swaraj: Securing India’s Future

India is a young country. But our children and youth are being denied their right to a healthy future through the spread of junk food/fake food/toxic food.
On Children’s Day 2015, Navdanya is launching a campaign on Children’s Right to Healthy Food (Yuva Anna Swaraj)

Junk Food vs Healthy Alternatives

According to the centre for Disease Control and prevention (CDC), obesity in adults has increased 60 % for the last twenty years, and obesity amongst children has tripled in the past thirty years.“McNuggets (190 calories, 12 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat for 4 pieces) contain the chemical preservative tBHQ, tertiary butyl-hydroquinone, a petroleum-based product. Obesity and diabetes accounted for more than 50 per cent of all deaths children & adult in India in 2005; by 2030, they will kill two-thirds of all Indians.

The latest National Family Health Survey (2005-06) says at least one in every eight Indian is overweight or obese.

With the Delhi High Court’s ruling 2015, the FSSAI has drafted guidelines have also suggested creation of a canteen policy and school health education programmes to make students and parents aware of the ill-effects of unhealthy food habits. It also proposes to restrict sale or availability of food which are high in fat, salt or sugar content within 50 meters of schools’ premises. This includes food like chips, ready-to-eat noodles, pizzas, burgers, sugar-sweetened carbonated and non-carbonated drinks, potato fries (commonly called French fries) and confectionery items.

In protecting our Youth, we invite young people to join the Yuva Anna Swaraj movement, and take a pledge of freedom from junk and toxic food, by shifting to healthy and organic food. Let us work together to make young India a healthy India.

1. Let us say ‘No to foods that are Junk Food / Fake Food’ (High in Fat, Salt & Sugar’ (HFSS)

2. Let us say ‘Not to GMO’s’, by protecting our sarson, our banana, which are on the brink of being poisoned by genetic modification.

3. Have canteens which provide Nourishing, organic and safe food, a range of Nani ke Paakwan, Nani ke Namkeen.

4. Let us grow our own healthy food through Gardens of Hope

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