As someone with a long standing passion for fitness and overall health, I appreciate nutritious quality food that tastes good. Unfortunately, as anyone who knows me can attest, none of my calcium rich bones carries the culinary gift. That means if I seek to get what I need and what I want, I have go outside my own kitchen. The problem with going outside my own kitchen however lies in trusting the source. Granted, it is becoming easier to find shops, restaurants, cafes, and pubs that (at least claim) to create and sell healthy foods (free from additives or chemicals) from local and/or ethical sources.
However, with all the scepticism we’ve learned from the media, a tendency can be to delve into an X-Files world of “Trust No-one”. Many have seen the news stories discovering farmer’s market stalls which merely repackage and label grocery store bought produce at inflated prices or the grocery stores themselves who sell discounted meat which actually turns out to be from a beloved domesticated animal. So, even if you are willing to pay the higher price for what you believe to be ethics you can stomach, how do you know the industry isn’t selling you a bag of lies in the form of happy hand picked goodness? We all want more money for our work yet most want to pay less for the toils of others. These paradoxes cannot co-exist; a link in this chain of food breaks and compromise sets in.
There must be another option if you can’t move off the grid, weave our own clothes from our your hand picked cotton, and raise your kids along with your veggies on your own farm. All this talk of returning to the cave is quite impractical, let alone false and over romanticized, in a modern world.
Rather that go to extremes that don’t really make sense and are inherently contradictory, we can return to our true roots to find the source of health and longevity by planting, harvesting, and cooking in rich African soils. Contrary to the common belief that Africans are starving due to their inherent laziness, the plentiful resources in the land of all our mothers is stolen and exploited by exterior countries’ companies now more than ever, leaving the men and women who make our clothes and harvest our bananas without even an acknowledgement.
The sustainable solution that we propose to these problems is Kaïra Kunda. Click the link to find more about the project that I am proposing along with my Senegalese husband and his community or ask me how you can get involved.