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Michelin Star Chef Vikas Khanna joins Amritsar Farmers for Diwali at ‘Organic Diwali Farmers Fest’

More farmers are now shunning chemicals to produce non-toxic food

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Amritsar, October 31, 2016: Michelin Star chef Vikas Khanna opted to be a surprise visitor at the ‘Organic Diwali Farmers Fest’ here on the occasion of Diwali on Sunday to promote organic farming.

Khanna, who originally hails from Amritsar and is now an internationally acclaimed master-chef, headed straight for the event after landing at the international airport here, President of Dilbir Foundation and chair EcoAmritsar Gunbir Singh said.

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The fest was part of the weekly marketplace of organic products held by the Dilbir Foundation.

“A divine effort has been made in my city and I am delighted to have witnessed it,” Khanna said after visiting the marketplace.

“He tasted salted chhaach made from cow’s milk and marvelled at the taste. He also appreciated other items,” Gunbir Singh said.

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The marketplace on Sunday had a potter spinning out fresh diyas for Diwali, along with other clay and terracotta products.

Exotic vegetables such as broccoli, red and yellow capsicums, delicious and golden variety apples, as well as fresh kiwi from farms were new additions to the fest.

“Most satisfying is the excitement in the farm circles about a growing demand for natural produce, and more farmers are now willing to shun chemicals and get into the pure foods movement by producing non-toxic foods,” Gunbir Singh said.

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Sikh holy city Amritsar is about 250 km from Chandigarh. (IANS)

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  • Antara

    Great initiative by the celeb Chef!

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Benefits of Organic Soaps & Shampoo | Beauty Tips

Benefits Of Organic Soaps & Shampoo: Save your skin and body from the harmful chemical based daily care products. Opt for organic soaps and shampoos which do not take away the natural elements from your skin but enhance it in a safe way, say experts.

Amit Sarda, Managing Director, Soulflower and Anupama Malhotra, Founder of Vert (both brands produce natural handmade skincare products) have pointed out the pros of using organic soaps and shampoos:

Here Are Some Benefits Of Organic Soaps & Shampoo:

* Organic shampoos and soaps are manufactured in a smoke free environment and are 100 percent vegetarian that contain no animal fat.

Organic products are made from the derivatives of plants, its fruits or even flowers and they’re completely free from SLS or other chemical preservatives. So there is zero chance that someone would suffer because of using a natural product.

Conventional soaps and shampoos may feel effective but an understanding of the ingredients list on the packaging may inform you that they are in fact more harmful than good. The most common of these chemicals that do a lot of harm to the body is sodium laurel sulfate or sodium laureth sulfate (SLS).

You may also find on the list other chemicals like Triclosan which is essentially a harmful pesticide and Dioxane which is a carcinogen and which really are causing a slow and permanent damage to your skin.

* They are not tested on animals.

* Ingredient quality is the primary difference between organic and conventional products. Organic products gently infuse your hair follicles and skin cells with natural minerals, herbal extracts, and oils.

Natural ingredients such as organic tea tree can help address skin conditions such as dandruff and scalp irritation.

* When you use organic shampoos and conditioners, you’re also helping the environment by letting biodegradable substances go down the drain instead of harsh chemicals.

* Chemical based products have a strong tendency to scrape out the natural oil from the scalp and cause damage by making hair strands dry, dull and fall-prone. A natural shampoo bar will never rid the scalp of its oils that are inherently necessary for providing nutrition to the hair.

It will only enhance the texture of the hair and where deficient, it will provide the required nourishment for a strong hair and a healthy scalp.(IANS)