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The danger in Turkey agricultural products, whose production is made on the side of the road, has reached a frightening level. Prof. Dr. home-made, Village product and natural products sold under the label pointed out the risks.

Especially during the pandemic period, people began to make small-scale productions with the idea of ‘organic’ on their balconies and in the gardens of their homes in the city. In many cities, vegetables and fruits are grown on the sides of the highway under the name of ‘urban’, said Professor of the Department of Food Engineering of the University of Cukurova Dr. stressed that these carry food-borne risks due to environmental factors.

Emphasizing that organic and natural products are different from each other, Prof. Dr. home-made, Village product and natural products sold under the name of attention should be noted.


Prof. Dr. explained the difference between organic and natural products as follows;

* Organic foods in a sustainable manner, without harm to the environment and human health, soil fertility, plant – animal welfare and food safety, based on the harvest, storage, production, processing and consumption stages of controlled and registered, certified and reliability evidence-based products. These do not contain food-borne risks and are natural.

* But are natural foods organic? As a result of the control of organizations authorized by the Ministry of Agriculture in the soil, atmosphere, fertilization, irrigation and all environmental inputs, an organic certificate can be issued to the product.

* But there is no control over natural products in any way, and it is also unclear how they were produced by whom and when. The manufacturer also does not have a concept of food registration, certification, registration and so on.

* Therefore, I do not trust any food sold in markets, bazaars, roadsides and produced under the name ‘Natural’, which is not a control label, the logo of the Ministry of Agriculture Turkey.

* Natural foods can contain many of the food-borne risks in their bodies. For example, there may be microbiological, toxicological risks.


Urban gardening, balcony agriculture or garden agriculture in small areas in front of the house is also considered ‘natural’, but carries various risks with environmental factors underlining the professor Dr. said::

* In Adana, we can see many similar production modeling in the places where we live, on the highway and on the side of the highway. How clean is the air around here?

* There are 26 sites with swimming pools around the location of Adana city. I wonder where the waste water from here goes. And the groundwater in that area is not clean at all. Groundwater has a polluting property.

* Second, highway edges where exhaust emissions are very high. Especially where components such as lead, cadmium, mercury are very high. Agriculture here can’t be innocent at all.

* Accepting the natural well and constantly turning to consuming them is not the right approach at all. Such productions, I say as a loyal environmentalist, are certainly not a model of production that can be approved.


A Turkish professor who stressed that a lot of attention should also be paid to food production in Turkey homes Dr. concluded his words as follows:

* All food products that we make at home do not necessarily mean healthy. In many southern provinces, we have heard of cases of death caused by microorganisms that we call ‘clostridium botulinum’ if canned tomatoes made in homes are not produced under favorable conditions.

* Some of them may emit poison, especially if the appropriate acidity is not adjusted in vegetable preserves. Instead, we prefer industrial cans, preferably in glass packaging and autoclaved.

* Another example is turnips. Our national drink, which we consume a lot in Adana. Turnip is a great product that is very delicious, has probiotic effects, is rich in phenolic and antioxidants, carrot is a source of fiber. But a significant part of turnips on the roadside ‘organic’, ‘handmade’, ‘mother touched’ is completely out of control under the name, it is not clear what type of environment they are produced in, even on the edge of the asphalt is sold by many turnips are possible to come across.

* This turnip swallows the dust of the asphalt if there is nothing. Again, it is likely to contain heavy metals such as mercury, cadmium, lead. And they are placed in PET packaging that is not very suitable. In this case, there may be a number of undesirable components that can pass into turnip, which is a high-acid food in Turkey.

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Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

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Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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