A panel discussion chaired by Jayant Kumar Banthia, former State Chief Secretary and chancellor, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), presented several ideas to incorporate urban farming into the city’s plans
By Diipti Jhangiani
Oct 9, 2016
During the launch, Dr. Parasnis presented the carbon baseline survey of Navi Mumbai. She also shared vital statistics on the high pesticide and heavy metal content in commercially-grown fruits and vegetables. She shared the results of a survey by the University of Baroda, showing how commercially-grown fruits and vegetables contain pesticides like Aldrin, Chlordane, Dichlorvos much beyond the when permissible levels were 0.1 mg/kg.
She spoke about how urban farming could help decrease the urban-heat-island effect plaguing the city. Most of the land in the city is either made of concrete or covered with tar, which traps heat onto the land surface. Buildings and school compounds, too, which were earlier grounds of raw earth, are now covered with paver blocks and astroturfs, trapping that much more heat. Urban farming, especially terrace farming, can create green roofs, thereby decreasing the urban-heat-island effect, she said.