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Biodiversity Cuisine

A Solution to Global Food Challenges

The Challenge

The Ever Accelerating Biodiversity Loss in Food Crop Systems

Food crop systems refer to agricultural systems and practices related to the cultivation and production of food crops. They encompass various aspects such as crop selection, planting techniques, cultivation methods, and harvesting practices. Related topics include sustainable agriculture, regenerative farming, agroecology, crop diversity, and food security. The goal of food crop systems is to improve the productivity, resilience, and sustainability of food production to address global food challenges.

The world faces a critical issue: the accelerating loss of biodiversity due to the dominance of mono-crop industrial farming. Shockingly, while there are over 50,000 edible plants on our planet, yet a mere three – rice, maize, and wheat – account for 60% of global food energy intake. This dangerous imbalance urgently calls for a shift.

OUR APPROACH

Bringing Biodiversity Back

We are on a mission to revolutionise the food industry by championing underutilised crops such as sorghum, East African highland bananas (matooke), amaranth, and reviving ancient wheat and spelt varieties like Heliaro wheat, Oberkulmer rotkorn spelt, emmer & Lennox wheat, alongside heirloom beans and legumes

We advocate for farming practices that rejuvenate soil health, boost biodiversity, and endorse sustainable farming methods.

Regenerative Agriculture

Our commitment is to safeguard and celebrate the diverse natural resources of our planet, including the unique flavours, textures, and nutritional benefits found in biodiversity-rich foods.

Biodiversity Conservation

We source up-cycled ingredients, surplus produce from partner farmers, utilising imperfectly perfect fruits and vegetables that don't meet retail standards. Our aim is to minimise waste, enhance resource efficiency, and foster a closed-loop food system.

Circular Food Systems

Our 3 pillars are:

A CULINARY EVOLUTION

Biodiversity Cuisine & Regenerative Agriculture

Biodiversity cuisine involves preserving traditional knowledge about indigenous crops and culinary practices, offering valuable insights into cultivation, preparation, and pairing.

Preservation of Traditional Knowledge

Encouraging the use of underutilised crops diversifies diets and supports farmers cultivating unique varieties not common in mainstream systems.

Exploration of Underutilised Crops

Prioritising local ingredients supports farmers, reduces carbon emissions, and ensures the use of fresh, seasonal produce reflecting regional flavours.

Promoting Local Sourcing

Biodiversity cuisine reduces waste by utilising imperfectly perfect fruits and vegetables, promoting a more sustainable approach to production and consumption.

Minimising Food Waste

Biodiversity cuisine involves adapting and developing processing techniques. By leveraging food technology, it allows for the use of a wide range of biodiverse ingredients to create unique food experiences and natural flavours that promote regenerative production and utilisation.

Creative Innovation & Food Technology

This culinary approach encourages collaboration among chefs, farmers, researchers, and food enthusiasts to collectively expand our understanding of biodiversity's potential.

Collaboration and Knowledge Sharing

Our concept of biodiversity cuisine transcends regenerative agriculture, embracing the abundance and diversity of nature. This culinary philosophy encourages exploration and inclusion of underutilised crops, ancient grains, and locally sourced produce.

Key Principles

For inspiration and deeper insights into biodiversity cuisine, explore resources like Botanical Cuisine and articles such as How High-End Cuisine is Seeding Biodiversity for Sustainable Food Systems. These sources shed light on the importance of biodiversity, local sourcing, and gastronomy's role in supporting global food systems.

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Biodiversity cuisine reconnects us with nature's abundance, fostering a more sustainable and diverse food system. It prompts us to appreciate our planet's richness, exploring endless culinary possibilities.

Why Biodiversity Cuisine Matters

Take a bite and join the biodiversity revolution - embrace the flavours of a sustainable future!

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