An organic label doesn’t exist in Nepal. Our food isn’t really regulated by a government body or gets any certification. Thus we don’t actually know what we’re consuming.
Though most of the produce we get have traditional farming practices used, they aren’t technically pesticide free or free from genetic alterations. Tests on the Nepali fruits and vegetables don’t happen often either. A government or independent test happens randomly, newspapers report about the unhealthy pesticides/practices, the people are afraid for a while, then they forget about it and continue shopping ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ The two pieces above are outside a place that claims to sell organic produce. The veggies they have seem great, (esp. the huge strawberries they sell during peak strawberry season) but what gives them the seal? What makes their food organic? Does their produce fall under the requirements for it to be organic?
I’m not informed enough for that info but I walk in and buy stuff anyways bc the wall art outside is real pretty and it’s the only place I know that sells arugula. They also work directly with rural farmers and get food directly from producer to customer without a middleman which is pretty amazing.
The piece on the left is by artlab nepal (dunno if they have an Instagram)
And the one on the right is by @saadhux
Literally walked into the store for the first time bc the walls outside looked amazing.