Did you know that cashew nuts come from a fruit called the cashew apple? And that cinnamon is in fact the inner bark of a tree? The reality is that most of us do not know how the food that we eat is produced. We often forget that, before arriving on our plates, many of the products we consume were first seeds and crops that grew in soil and became plants, and then were harvested, sometimes by hand, and then put in sacks, threshed, cleaned and hauled – before being packed and shipped to our harbours, and transported to grocery shops.
Considering the many challenges that we are facing – ranging from supply chain disruptions to the climate crisis - a more holistic approach to food systems is a must if we aim to help our planet heal. Equal attention should be paid to all the different actors in the supply chain, from the soil’s microorganisms that feed our precious crops, to the farmers who harvest them a few months later.
And if like me, you are fascinated about where our food comes from, you will certainly have heard of the work of Rikolto.