A somewhat overweight middle aged man came into a herb clinic, one evening. This clinic was located at Rajinder Nagar in Delhi’s working class city. The ayurvedic doctor would supply a listing of recommendations including everything from tinctures and teas to toiletries and much much more. On this evening, among the ayurvedic doctor started the intake of patients. She asked the overweight middle aged man to describe what brought him to her clinic. This was the very first time he’d met with a herbalist. Since he explained the pain he started removing bottles of nutritional supplements from his pack, hundreds of dollars worth of vitamins and herbs which he took for the ailments that brought him to the clinic.
Among the herbalists started looking, while he chose talking about how, despite these nutritional supplements, he felt sick. Because they were natural, she looked with dismay as he continued to put supplements all purchased. There was medication on these shelves, particularly in natural food shops and food coops, but was any consumer or this man? And why did it cost a lot of money? He continued makes consuming those objects simpler. Almost twenty years later, it’s now common to talk about how a market economics renders invisible the social and environmental processes behind their generation. This heightened consciousness has led to a wide range of responses, 1 of which is to inspire shops and businesses to educate their customers about those sources of those products they produce.
Large photos of farmers with dirt from their hands hang over the produce grown in those farmer’s fields. Who makes these products important because how they make them matters. This is true of any item, especially so with those we ingest. It’s even more significant with products we ingest as medicine.