I saved $7.4m on food for a family of three in India by switching to sustainable agriculture, it has emerged.
The move was made during a visit to the country by the US Secretary of Agriculture to assess its food production and market, according to a copy of the letter seen by the Times of India.
The US has been one of the largest importers of beef and lamb in the world, and has been trying to help India shift away from beef production and towards producing more of its own food.US Secretary of the Department of Agriculture David Johnston told the Times the US “is proud to be a major investor in India’s efforts to move away from the use of cattle in food production”.
The US was one of two countries which sent a delegation to India during the past year, with the other being Australia.
“The visit is an opportunity for us to demonstrate our commitment to supporting sustainable agriculture in India and we hope it will encourage India to lead the way,” Mr Johnston said in a statement.
“As a country with an incredibly strong agricultural sector, India has been a leader in food safety and environmental sustainability.”US Ambassador to India Michelle Hanley said in her letter that “our visit highlighted the opportunities for both of our countries to collaborate to ensure the health of the environment, food supply chain and human health”.
“Our delegation shared their experiences of the benefits of using sustainable farming methods and how they can help farmers and communities in India achieve a better balance of food security, food production, and environmental protection,” she added.
“In addition, the delegation learned that India is home to a significant food security base and we will continue to invest in the country to help improve the health and livelihoods of its people.”
India has been battling an epidemic of foodborne illnesses.
In November, an outbreak of MRSA caused more than 20,000 cases, and about 3,000 deaths.
The country has also been the target of a deadly virus, the coronavirus, that has claimed more than 2,500 lives.