At Chakula we understand that most of us in developed nations no longer need to worry about whether we can eat, many are now turning their attention to what to eat.
The modern industrialised food system has done an amazing job of providing us with an abundance of inexpensive and readily available food in defiance of season and geographic location. We have enjoyed these benefits for nearly a generation and are now beginning to realise that this cheap food has come at a cost. A cost to our farmers, farming communities, food security, animal welfare, the environment and our health.
With the luxury of such choices in the food we eat comes certain responsibilities - to ourselves in terms of our health, our environment in terms of the agricultural practices we support and the impact of our choices on local community.
Much of the landscape we see outside our cities is farmland - some managed by traditional farming families, increasingly large areas now controlled by industrial scale operations. Our farmers not only produce the food that nourishes us but importantly manage the environment that sustains us.
We are seeing growing numbers of people taking personal responsibility and choosing (or seeking) food that is healthy, produced by ecologically sustainable methods and supporting local farmers by sourcing locally.
At Chakula we make it easy to find the food you want to eat. We make it easy for you to put a place with a face on your food - to learn the story of your food and those producing it - to do as Michael Pollan suggests and "shake the hand that feeds you".
Get informed by visiting Chakula and connecting with your local food community, vote with your dollar and support those who are already working to make the world a better place.
It's time to start eating a better story.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."Margaret Mead
"Our personal consumer choices have ecological, social, and spiritual consequences. It is time to re-examine some of our deeply held notions that underlie our lifestyles.”David Suzuki