Growing Real Food For Nutrition CIC

Grffn is a not for profit Community Interest Company, limited by guarantee.  Our Vision is that all food is grown for its nutritional qualities using regenerative practices, and made accessible to all, creating an abundance of health and harmony in people and nature.

We are what we eat

WE ARE WHAT WE EAT     Artwork by Theo Adams

Over time, concentrations of vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients have steadily decreased in fresh fruits and vegetables. Degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and heart disease have risen to epidemic levels and simultaneously, agricultural practices have polluted aquifers and ecosystems. It is now estimated that nearly half the most productive soil has disappeared in the world during the last 150 years. 

Donald Davis from the University of Texas, attributed the declining nutritional content of food between 1950 and 1999, to the prevalence of agricultural practices designed to improve traits (size, growth rate, pest resistance) other than nutrition. According to Maria-Helena Semedo of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, if we continue to degrade the soil at the rate we are now, the world could run out of topsoil in about 60 years, severely impacting the earth’s ability to filter water, absorb carbon, and feed people.

Although there is still much research to do, it is undeniable that human, crop, soil, and environmental health are deeply interrelated. Sustainable agriculture systems are needed now more than ever, but we also need to understand how regenerative practices and human intervention can influence the complex structure of our food to produce nutrient dense food. In addition, we need the nutritional density of food to become easily detectable and incentivize the entire food supply chain to focus on nutritional value as a key metric and an indicator of ecosystem health (of which humans are a part).

Our Mission is to deepen our understanding of how we derive nutrition from natural processes and to realise the impact this has towards achieving sustainable development.

Our Aims

  • To continually explore the question, what is nutrition? From a physical and non-physical perspective, we will study a more holistic view of nutrition, including the role of beneficial microbes from soil to gut and their ability to extract, build and utilise nutrients and energy from nature to create food chains that provide high quality nourishment for animals and humans.
  • To work symbiotically and form beneficial partnerships to develop a central growth hub and network of demonstration sites for research that build resources and share knowledge to collectively realise the benefits of growing food for nutrition.
  • To help develop tools and calibrate standards of ‘excellence’ that can easily measure nutrient dense food so anyone can verify if the food they are growing or buying is nutrient dense.
  • To promote the idea that food is our medicine and encourage medical research, using nutrient dense food that scores ‘excellent’ values, to help reverse degenerative diseases.
  • To build consensus for a new definition of food quality based on a holistic understanding of nutrition that promotes health from soil to gut and using this as a useful metric to indicate ecosystem health (of which humans are a part).  
  • To generate a sustainable income with all profits being used to support start up projects related to nutrient dense food.