#31: Saffron and climate change, Pune’s waste management park, Swiggy goes hyperlocal, and More


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Anusha & Elizabeth

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‘This Land Is Meant Only for Saffron. Without It, It Means Nothing.’ : Eater

The most expensive spice of India might very well be counting its days as climate change takes its toll on violence-ridden Kashmir. Read this beautiful, investigative article by Sharanya Deepak and team.

Life of Spices

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It takes more than half of India’s minimum wage for a nutritious diet: Down to Earth

India ranks 50th in the list of 52 countries in terms of access to nutritional food with respect to minimum wages.

Nutritious Khana, a khazana?


🥗Health & Nutrition
– Non-obese & lean Indians might also be prone to type 2 diabetes: Study
– Children who eat school lunches have shown to have better learning outcomes
– This startup is looking to make corporate snacking clean again, with its latest funding.

– Here are the 5 agri-tech startups on Gastrotope’s latest cohort.
– Apple lines (the traditional apple growing areas) shift in the Himalayas.
– Scientists have developed a biodegradable film from lotus stem starch which may be used in edible packaging materials and food coatings.

🚲Food Delivery
– Move over drones, Zomato says hello to bicycles for food delivery. 
– Shuttl, bus aggregator enters into the food delivery space. 
– Swiggy is looking at capabilities of AI in videos with its latest acqui-hire. Its latest foray is also in the hyperlocal delivery space.


Premji-backed iD Fresh Food bets big on its coffee decoction biz
Travel beckons coffee and not just any but filter coffee, says iD with its new travel decoction packs.

The flavoured salts of Uttarakhand
A few pahadi women are spreading the joy and benefits of these micronutrient-laden herb salts.

This “Green” masala brand is helping students manage their waste
Suhana Spices and its brand new waste management park in Pune is making people realise that food can be grown anywhere.

How the automobile industry drove cuisine in Chennai
How did Japanese & Korean food spread across Chennai? This article has answers.

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