Nutrients for All
VITALITY FOR PEOPLE AND FOR THE PLANET
A little while ago, this website was all about The Nutrient Economy or ‘Nutrients for All’. It was being driven forward by the talented Ashoka team, along with a growing number of innovators and Ashoka fellows. The team showed a strong and diverse professional experience.
What is ‘Nutrients for All’ About?
The ‘Nutrients for All’ initiative from Ashako is a new way of thinking about the agricultural system; this involves a shift of focus in agriculture from mass production to nutrition and well being. The initiative aims to move away from mass production of food towards social and economic transactions that are based on creating a flow of healthy nutrients. This in turn will reflect back on the environment, agriculture, food and ultimately, human health.
Difficulties with the Shift to a Nutrient Economy
A nutrient economy is not only relevant to poorer rural world communities, but to everybody wishing to improve their vitality and their environment.
Living in France, with a growing family to feed, I am very aware of what I buy and the price of food shopping. The problem that you will hear from a lot of shoppers, like me, is that even though I would like to improve the diet given to my children, and to know that the foods I serve are nutrient rich, I am very limited in time, choice and money.
Let me expand a little on that. I don’t always have time to trawl around markets for fresh, organic produce. Even when I do brave the French crowds on a Saturday morning there are NO guarantees that the lovely fruit and vegetables have been organically grown in an environmentally friendly way in nutrient rich soil.
Obviously, the local, larger supermarkets, even in France, are dominated by some of the larger meat producers and the price of bio products remains very expensive, particularly meats. However, if you want quality food that is guaranteed to protect animal welfare and the environment then you do need to value it, which may involve paying a bit more for it.
This is part of a much larger problem, consumers must start becoming more aware of where their food is coming from, how it is produced, how nutrient rich it is and what is the effect on health and well-being. After all, who can put a price tag on health and happiness and the survival of this planet?
For many people with busy lives, convenience is a factor. If your local supermarket has limited choice but is only 10 minutes up the road then you may still find yourself popping in for basics such as bread and fruit and vegetables even if you don’t believe in their food produce policies.
Would you like to contribute?
Which part of the Nutrient Economy engages your interests and concerns?
As a Consumer:
Empowered with new information, consumers around the world are making nutrient conscious decisions that benefit themselves and their families.
As a Practitioner:
Practitioners around the world are beginning to develop new innovations, conduct research, as well as designing programs that support and transformation to a Nutrients for All world.
As a Policy Maker:
There is a great opportunity to support and incentivize activities that support a transformation to a Nutrients for All world.
I have came to a really great decision to keep this website going. So, throughout this website, you will find such information as a healthy environment, nutrient rich farming, full nourishment foods, wellness and vitality.