“People should be able to choose whether to purchase food with GMOs or to avoid it” – Chef Tina
Smoke Berkeley uses organic produce from Catalán Family Farms (Hollister, CA), and would like to source organics for more of her ingredients: The challenge is finding cost-effective choices. Tina’s husband is the filmmaker Jed Riffe, whose much-decorated 2005 documentary, Ripe for Change, explored the intersection of food and politics in California.
Tina and Jed are part of the growing chorus of support for state- and federal-level initiatives calling for labeling of genetically engineered produce and prepared foods made with GE ingredients.
Maria Catalán has been an organic farmer for almost two decades. The 3rd generation in her family to carry on the farming tradition, her deep agricultural roots are based in Guerrero, Mexico. Her grandfather and father first came to the U.S. in the 60s as Bracero contract laborers, and Maria herself would follow their footsteps in the 1980s to work on California farms picking broccoli, peppers, and carrots.
With generations of farming experience under her belt, Maria went on to become the 1st recognized female farm laborer to become a farm owner in the U.S.. Maria enjoys organic agriculture because it is healthy, sustainable, and allows you to see the fruits of your labor. Maria feels that by farming organically she can share with others not only a product but a farm experience, something that is impossible to share through conventional agriculture.
AVAILABLE THROUGH EARTH’S PRODUCE (all organic):