The Paleoethics Project: Fueling Potential
At Paleoethics we believe that health and nutrition are critical for living a full life. We create products that support people to live active healthy lives and we realize that in our global world we don’t all have the same access to basic food, nutrition and health.
That is why at Paleoethics we don’t just create high performance supplements made from real food. We also contribute to food security projects around the World by partnering with local groups making a real and substantial impact on their communities.
Our Guatemala Partnership with the CCDA
In 2016, we partnered with the CCDA, an organization located in the highlands of Guatemala, that supports indigenous families to farm their own grains, tubers, and vegetables as well as create fishponds and beehives. This project helps those most at risk of hunger and malnutrition with the basic building blocks of health – healthy food.
The CCDA has been supporting indigenous rights in rural Guatemala since the 1980’s. The CCDA is a grassroots organization made up of campesino and indigenous men and women, who have a proven track record at implementing projects that create the foundation for healthy families and communities.
With our support, the CCDA will work with small-scale farmers from 30 communities in the highlands of Guatemala (largely around Lake Titicaca) to support the development of organic and biodynamic farming of grains and staples on either their own land or on nearby rented land. Over 3-years, approximately, 900 small-scale farmers will benefit from this project.
Specifically, our funding will:
- Pay for the seeds and compost to start the farming of basic grains and staples (corn, beans, squash).
- Support the technical training and development of a mixed food growing system that combines fish, root vegetables and leafy greens to maximize the variety of food available.
- Provide funds to create beehives in new communties to enable them to participate in CCDA’s pollination and honey production.
- Pay for the development of Demonstration Fields and Medicinal Gardens for learning and training.
- Support the costs of production of mineralized liquid organic fertilizers, mountain micro-organisms (micro-organisms that CCDA members gather from the forests, reproduce and incorporate into a spray that is used to revive plots of land made sterile by overuse of herbicides, pesticides and chemical fertilizers), and worm compost tea, to be applied in the growing of basic grains.
Year one: the food produced will cover 50% of the household consumption per year for the families involved.
Year two: the food produced will cover 100% of the household food consumption, enabling sufficient, balanced and healthy nutrition.
Year three: The objective by year 3 is to not only fully cover the household needs for food but also to have a surplus of at least 40% to then sell in the local market to generate an income for the family.
Why Food Security in Guatemala?
The history of Guatemala is that of exploitation, corruption, civil war, injustice, struggle, triumph and tragedy. In 1954, a US-supported military coup led to a thirty-six year civil war (1960-1996). The civil war destroyed the countryside and caused the genocide of the indigenous Mayan peoples. Though a Peace Accord was signed in 1996, violence and corruption continues to plague the country. Impunity threatens the rule of law, including failure to prosecute high officials for massacres and other human rights crimes committed during the civil war.
In Guatemala, 2% of the people own over 90% of the country’s arable land, which leaves very little, low quality land for thousands of individual farmers. Many are forced to work miles away from their families on the big coffee plantations and to depend on wealthy landowners and corporations for their homes and livelihood.
The Paleoethics Project is honoured to support rural indigenous families to lead active and healthy lives in Guatemala. Stay tuned for reports on the progress of this exciting project.