In June 2021 – Amid the COVID-19 lockdown on the island of Bali, a group of friends started making homemade beef jerky to have healthy snacks for themselves and their friends. As time went by, unexpected demand and requests came pouring in. This sparked their curiosity to learn more about local ingredients and the food system. Realizing that to truly produce sustainable food products, mapping out the ingredient sources for traceability was an essential first step.
Foraging through the island for the best local ingredients and cattle has brought Bali Forages on a journey deep down the supply chain to villages and homes of smallholder farmers. On a mission to generate a positive impact on people, animal welfare, and the environment through whole food nutrition, Bali Forages’ sourcing methods are focused on smallholder sustainable farming practices.
Bali Forages’ regenerative farming principles celebrate the inherent nature of the symbiotic relationship between plants and animals. This approach is imperative to improve soil conditions, reduce carbon footprint, and improve land productivity for future generations while providing sustainable income for local farmers.
For most of us we are no longer participants (i.e. hunters) or even spectators in our food system. Food simply appears at our doorstep like a magic show. Everything we eat, plants and animals alike, comes at a cost. Pesticides used for crops poison rodents and insects and modern agriculture displaces wild animals from their natural habitat.
It’s our belief that when people become more connected to their food and see the cost it has on the environment, they become more conscious consumers. Traceability is important to us. Not only is animal welfare a priority, but understanding the impact that animal has on the land is also as important.
One of our long-term goals at Bali Forages is to become Regenerative Organic and Humane Certified. It’s a long process but it starts with speaking directly to the farmers and documenting our practices. As we connect with our food, we hope to also reconnect you through our products.