Guru Ramdas Langar Hall at Sri Harmandir Sahib (popularly known as the GOLDEN TEMPLE), where ‘langar’ is served in community kitchen 24 hours a day throughout the year, will soon be serving organic food to the pilgrims.
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), the administrative community, has decided to encourage farmers for organic farming and the first step would be to introduce organic produce in their kitchen.
The SGPC official stated “Organic farming is the new mission of SGPC to inspire farmers to cut down on the use of chemicals and pesticides and switch to sustainable agricultural practices”. The official also informed that grains, fruits and vegetables such as carrot, reddish, cauliflower, spinach and fenugreek are now being grown at farms in Patiala and Gurdwara Gurusar Satlani Sahib near Amritsar, also they have already started receiving supply of 10 quintals of organic produce every 1-2 days which is being used to prepare meals for the pilgrims. The SGPC will now grow its own organic vegetables and fruits on 40 acres at Gurdwara Gurusar Satlani Sahib and Patiala.
“We need to respects the natural resources… the gifts given by our creator,” he said. “Just imagine, if all the gurdwaras, temples and mosques switch to organic food in consumption and distribution – the farmers will then see that there’s set market and they can start producing food for which they will not have to use chemicals and pesticides,” said Dr Singh. The move has been applauded by the public and it will also encourage farmers to adopt organic methods.
Dr. Rajwant Singh is the founder and president of EcoSikh, a non-profit organisation working to raise awareness about environmental issues and inspiring farmers to focus on producing food through organic means.
This will help raise awareness among farmers in Punjab, where pesticides usage has been exploited for decades and has led to poor soil conditions throughout the state.
‘Guru Ka Langar’ is the tradition of serving food initiated by the revered Guru Nanak Dev Ji and then established by the 3rd Guru Sri Guru Amar Dass Ji. The institution of’ Guru ka Langar’ has served the community in several ways, ensuring the participation of all sections including women and children in a task of service for the mankind. The world’s largest community kitchen serving organic langer is certainly a Nobel and innovative step, encouraging sustainable agricultural practices also good for health.