Overpopulation, associated with our consumption models, is the central cause of pollution around the world(1), and no politician is courageous and sincere to handle the problem.
At BChef2Me, we believe that independent Chefs, who sincerely love cooking with quality and local food will somehow change the world and be part of the solution.
A new generation aware of better practices
The change will barely come from our elders, beliefs are deep, some of them will only trust in frozen and fast food, others in farm and organics food. 63% of millennials(2) seek socially responsible restaurants.
But what does it means? Do they know exactly where the ingredients are coming from? Are these restaurants partners with your local farmers?
Using recycled silverware (and probably cheap) is okay but, not enough.
In the food industry, large quantities are the priority, not quality neither pollution. Big firms and lobbies own vast lands, using chemicals, destroying the ecosystem, to feed the citizens.
Food travels about 1,500 miles on average from the place it grows to the plate(3). It is estimated in the United States, it will undoubtedly be lower in other countries, it remains too high. Transporting food over long distances also generates high quantities of carbon dioxide emissions.
Who knows better than the Cooks that food quality is impacted by these methods and long journeys.
Cooking lovers, let's start a food revolution!
Not only the big industries, the World Trade Organization (WTO), the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) and the European Union (EU) are among the international agreements aimed at remove restrictions on international trade in goods and services. Trade liberalization has significant impacts on farmers.
Between 1977 and 1998, the price of a can of Corn Flakes increased by $ 2.44, while the amount paid to farmers for the same corn increased by only 0.03(4).
What about plastic? No needs to debate; more than two-thirds of the packaging that passes through a family each year is of food origin. Their production, like their destruction or reprocessing, also requires a lot of energy and produces GHGs.
We manufacture 80% more packaging than in 1960, not only in Western countries, it is worldwide in 2020.
Find the local Chefs
In front of all these barriers, those who cook local meals with love, prepare food that is washed with treated water, well-cooked, may save the world!
By shopping at farmers' markets, mostly seasonal, cooking lovers make the transition to supporting a local food system.
By encouraging the Chef to cook directly for you, you help to establish a relationship based upon trust between 3 actors only: the farmer, the Chef, and you. You also contribute to saving the culinary master achievements of numerous high cultures.
Rebuilding a local food system does not mean you never eat anything that has flown overseas. It just means that you start with what is fresh, regional, and seasonal.