The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes among the top 10 leading causes of death for African Americans. Diseases that are preventable through diet.
A study conducted at the University of Pittsburgh demonstrated an increase in resistance to chronic disease when people shifted to their indigenous diets.
What’s that you say? Looking to the foods and habits of our heritage lead us to healthier choices? The scientists are catching up with what most mothers and grandmothers have known. Turns out that when we return to pre-colonized, pre-diaspora diets, we experience greater health.
An article in Think Progress goes further to state:
“…historians say that some of [the food] items [that the slave masters gave enslaved black people] didn’t match the food choices that their African ancestors would have made — similar to the experience that Native American communities had after the U.S. government relegated them to settlements where they couldn’t engage in their indigenous lifestyle.”
This is also a point made by Luz Calvo and Catriona Esquibel over at Decolonize Your Diet.
“The recovery of the people is tied to recovery of food, since food itself is medicine—not only for the body but also for the soul and the spiritual connection to history, ancestors, and the land.” – Winona LaDuke
A cottage food operation (CFO) is an enterprise at a private home where specific low-risk food products that do not require refrigeration are made or repackaged for sale to consumers. These are foods that do not support the rapid growth of the types of bacteria that would make people sick when held outside of refrigeration temperatures. A CFO is the only type of food business that can use a home kitchen for processing food.
- CFO’s are limited to the preparation of only the items on the approved cottage food products list.
- CFO’s are limited to 1 employee in addition to any number of family members who live in the private home.
- CFO’s annual gross sales are limited to $45,000 or less in 2014, $50,000 or less in 2015 and beyond.
For more information, download the HUSTLE GUIDE: A Step-by-Step Instruction Booklet: How to Start a Mobile or Cottage Food Business in Oakland