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Creating Ethical and Sustainable Superfood and Coffee Trade

17 Oct 2018


Wednesday 17 October 2018, 6.00pm - Wednesday 17 October 2018, 8.00pm


Inca-Fe, 31a Sale St, Auckland 1010

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Corin Storkey

021 182 2839

How do we ensure a sustainable future in the food industry?

Lessons from Peru.

Did you know that many Peruvian superfood farmers and coffee growers are lucky to receive 1–2 per cent of the retail value of their crops here in New Zealand?

Ongoing exploitation has led many farmers and communities in Peru to the breaking point where they are losing their farms, traditions, culture and a heritage that dates back over 2000 years.

Our Western demand for unique medicinal foods like maca and exotic coffee blends have driven domestic Peruvian prices sky-high while the corrupt system that provides exported products exploits those who sell into it.

For the farmers, they are dammed if they do and dammed if they don't. The food corporations in the middle get rich and create a consumer driven supply chain where we demand far more than they can sustainably produce.

It's a system based on profits, not value and the dirty politics involved creates an industry ruled by a lack of ethics, a lack of sustainable practice and a disregard for the marginalised communities and farmers in Peru. We are killing a culture and fuelling the demise of the sacred traditions surrounding it.

We believe it is time to bring change to an industry that is in dire need. Join us to hear why it is so important to take a stand and change the way we source our food.

Come and hear the story of two small farming communities in Peru, one that grows coffee and one that grows maca. Hear first hand the impact our actions have on the people and how two New Zealand based companies are striving to bring change. Hosted by IncaFe and Seleno Health. Both of whom are working to help the people of Peru by creating a sustainable and socially responsible model of trade.

Key learning objectives:

  • The current system of food and coffee trade from Peru
  • Exploitation, corruption and unethical practices
  • Coffee farming in Peru an overview
  • Why not all coffee is created equal
  • Maca farming in Peru an overview
  • When science and tradition are used to build knowledge
  • Sacred traditions, culture, spiritual practices and their significance
  • Farm to table superfoods and coffee, how does it work?
  • Social responsibility and cultural protection
  • What you can do to bring change
  • Volunteering and WOOFing in Peru

There will also be delicious maca treats, coffee, maca/coffee lattes, samples to try and unique hand-made Peruvian textiles on display.

Free event but bookings are essential as spaces are limited.