To Pluck at Will: Fruit Trees in Common Property

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Highly priced, people buy fruits only if they have money left over after the purchase of vegetables—fruit being understood to be a luxury.

Abstract: Despite many governmental initiatives, malnutrition in India remains a major health challenge. There is a marked deficit of fruits in the diet of most Indians, consuming much lower than what is recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO). One of the reasons behind this is the high price of fruits and thus its inequitable access. As we prepare ourselves to live in a world marred by COVID-19 and a shrinking Indian economy, we must think of new ideas to manage access to food, especially micro-nutrient rich fruits. This paper explores the possibility of planting endemic fruit trees in public spaces like roadsides and parks, that can help in increasing the consumption of fruits amongst the poor. It also attempts to analyse whether this can serve as a long-term solution to bridge the gap between fruit production and consumption in India.

The article should be cited as Geography and you, 2020. To Pluck at Will: Fruit trees in Common Property, 20(146): 38-43