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Mysuru | Saturday, Oct 22 2016 IST
 
In what can be dubbed as a major breakthroughto overcome food scarcity, Central Food Technological ResearchInstitute (CFTRI) has identified two weeds that can be used as food stuff.

CFTRI Director Dr Ram Rajasekharan delivering his talk at theCSIR-CFTRI Foundation Day here said that the two weeds will beadopted into food within a year. Edible oil can be extracted fromone of the weeds while refusing to name it.

Dr Rajasekharan said, these weed food will lessen burden on thefarmers and more importantly, it requires less water.

Describing the weeds as 'future food', he advised the Scientiststo explore more in this direction. He also said that there is a needfor shift in the focus of food Scientists to make food as medicine.

"There is real scope for Scientists. People now know medicineswill not solve their health issues. Time to use food as a supplementto drugs to solve health-related problems," he added.

The CFTRI Director urged microbiologists to explore growinggreens and leafy vegetables without soil in future. "Time to rewritefood literature and make kitchens part of this move," he added. UNI BSP MSP CS 1444

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