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We surveyed 148 people online. We have not revealed their names.

However we have
given the number of people from each country who answered our survey:
India 130
Netherlands 4
United States of America 4
United Kingdom 5
Thailand 2
China (Hong Kong) 1
Germany 2
The Survey results are as follows:
1. Do You Have A Kitchen Garden

Do you have a Kitchen Garden


80

78

76

74

72

70

68

66
Yes No

70 people were found to have a vegetable garden in their house, while


74 people did not have a vegetable garden. This is a paradoxical
equation where we should be happy that even after so much
urbanisation and industrialisation; people actually grow plants in their
homes for consumption. However, with so many options available
online relating to seeds, saplings, pots and soils, more than 50%
cannot grow any plants in their houses.
Conclusion:
If you have a kitchen garden keep growing plants.
If you dont you can get some pots and at least cultivate your cooking
herbs.
2. Vegetables grown in Kitchen Gardens
Vegetables grown in kitchen gardens
16

14

12

10

0
Mint

Pear

Apple
Cucumber

Banana

Peach
Aloe Vera

Curry Leaves

Starfruit
Lemongrass

Garlic

Cabbage
Carrot

Pumpkin

Brinjal
Onion

Chillies

Walnut
Coriander

Basil
Spinach

Bell Peppers
Wheat Grass

Potato
Lemon

Most people grow herbs and leafy vegetables like Coriander


(koriander) (); Spinach (spinazie)(); Mint (munt)( );
Lemongrass (citroengras)( ); basil(basilicum)( ). Lots of
people also grow chillies and curry leaves; however this is rather
indigenous to Indian and Asian cuisine and not the continental one.
Vegetables like potato (aardappel) (); Onion (afweergranaat)
(); tomato (including normal ones and cherry tomatoes)(tomaat)
(); garlic (knoflook) () are grown in many houses which
have at least a backyard {Since this survey was propogated at a local
level, we know the house sizes of those who have entered their
names}.
Some have been found to grow Aloe Vera, which is more of an
ornamental plan, whose juice is moisturising for the skin. Many people
grow different plants like carrot, banana, apple, cabbage, mustard and
eggplants but these are rather scanty in number.
Conclusion:

Cultivating cooking herbs is a better option than buying from the


market {there is more surety of its purity} (moreover you can use it in
salads, chutneys, curries, as garnish, soups, pasta and pizza )

If you are Indian, keep growing curry leaves and chilly (


)

Cultivate staple foods like onions and garlic if you have place to
cultivate them. {there is more surety of its purity} (Moreover it is
freshly available whenever you need it)

If you have any other plants like eggplants or carrots or lemongrass,


or if YOU want to plant them please continue doing so because there
is more surety of its purity.
3. What Beverage Do You Consume Daily?

Beverages consumed mostly include milk, tea and coffee. Since most of
the people answering our survey were our friends or our parents
colleagues, the results are rather shifted to the working class and
student class. However, some have said fruit juices, energy drinks and
soda. Only two people have specified alcohol as their daily beverage.
Conclusion:
Most people drink milk either directly or with coffee or tea. Industrial
drinks which require vigorous packaging are also consumed by some
people. All this contributes to their carbon foot print.
4. How Frequently Do You Buy Organic Produce?

37% people say that they sometimes go to farmers markets to buy organic
produce. 24 % people say that they do not go to farmers markets. While
the rest 38 % is distributed equally between often buying and rarely
buying.
Conclusion:
The situation is improving, with more governmental efforts, the farmers
markets are increasing to eliminate the cost of middle men. The city people
should take advantage of this and get organic produce for a cheaper rate
than the supermarket.
5. Ratio of Vegetarians to Non Vegetarians

Vegetarians
Non Vegetarians

44 % people were found to be vegetarians and 56% were found to be non-


vegetarians. But there is no such thing that vegetarian diets are closer to
God and philosophically, they are less polluting. Well environmentally they
are less polluting, but seeing the commercial view, if everyone becomes
vegetarian the meat market would collapse and so many economies would
fall drastically.
6. What is your Main Source of Protein?

Main Sources Of Proteins


30
25
20
15
10
5
0 Number

The main vegetarian protein is Paneer (Cottage Cheese). This is followed by


pulses and lentils and mushrooms. Chicken is found to be the most
prominent non-vegetarian protein, followed by egg. Fish is also consumed
widely, (however it is alarming as so many fish are near extinction AND
fishermen often catch the younger fish in the off season). Pork follows fish,
and is a much more reliable source as almost the entire pig is used up. Even
the offal (throwaway organs like kidneys and shoulder) is used up like in the
Dutch Bakleverworst or the Indian Pork Sorpotel. Red Meat is consumed by
very few people daily.
Conclusion:
The situation is improving with more plant based proteins like mushrooms
and lentils. (Plant protein acts as a carbon sink and reduces carbon
footprint) The chicken and egg are the most commonly eaten proteins
which ultimately come from the same animal, so their carbon footprint
divides. Red Meat of ruminants however is not carbon friendly as all
ruminants emit methane.