Hyderabad: Actress Samantha Akkineni opened up about growing her own food, turning vegan, and adopting sustainable fashion during a virtual panel discussion on Saturday organized by FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO), Hyderabad chapter.
Samantha discussed her love for farming and said she has been a strong advocate of micro-farming and hydroponics to grow vegetables. "I have welcomed a lot of green into my home. It changed my whole perspective. I started growing my own food by using hydroponic technology with 95% less water. I have become vegan. I come from an Anglo-Indian family of meat-eaters. Giving up is a big change and I am enjoying it now," she said.
She has also started buying "pre-loved fashion" in an effort to adopt sustainable fashion.
When asked what three eco-friendly ways can people adopt, Samantah replied: "Cut down on non-veg food, buy only when necessary, and try and grow a little bit of your own good." She added, "I don't want to leave barren lands to my children."
Other panelists included Narayanpet district magistrate and collector Harichandana, chief curator of Sage Farm Café Kavitha Mantha, and co-founder and CSO of UrbanKisaan Dr. Sairam P. Reddy. The panel was moderated by Uma Chigurupati, the chairperson of FLO Hyderabad.
Ms. Chigurupati said the panel discussion titled "Nurturing Nature" on Environment Sustainability was held to mark World Environment Day on 5 June. "Living through the pandemic and experiencing global warming should be enough to wake us up to be environment friendly," she added.