Food for good
At Native, we believe in Food for Good. What you snack on should not only taste good, we also believe in standing up for all of the honest hard work that goes into creating our snacks.
Our lotus seeds are hand picked and harvested in the state of Bihar, one of the poorest regions of India. We’ve learnt that the world snacks a lot, but not a lot of the money goes back to the people who produce the snacks. So we decided to change that.
We have partnered with the Bihar Development Foundation U.K. to make sure the people who grow and harvest our Popped Lotus Seeds get something back from the people who snack on them. We will donate 1p for every pack sold of our Native Popped Lotus Seeds.
The Bihar Development Foundation supports individual projects and causes for educational, social and medical development in Bihar. It works along with local NGOs and the Indian Government in supporting projects especially related to improving healthcare in rural areas.
Through our partnership, The Bihar Development Foundation will run health camps for the farmers of our Lotus Seeds in Bihar for detection of risk factors for heart disease, stroke and creating awareness about infections.
We work with farmers to ensure they make the most of their land. Bihar’s economy is significantly agricultural based, so Native wants all the hard work that goes into creating these little beauties to helps create jobs and boost the local economy of one of India’s poorest states.
Native promotes the sustainable management of fields in wetlands where our crops are grown. We encourage the use of poly-culture crops to increase biodiversity in the ponds to help sustain a natural ecosystem. This also give farms the opportunity to profit from other crops and fish.
Local farmers with smallholdings lack links to local markets, let alone international buyers. Native and its partners help connect them giving the opportunity for increased sales from pond to supermarket. We ensure our supply chain is ethical and fair and are working towards a Fair Trade standard in the near future.