Our story begins with the recognition that just 3 crops, corn, wheat and rice, provide 60% of the world’s food energy intake. This is an amazing fact that most people have just not thought enough about. The failure of any one of these crops from disease, climate change, drought or infestation would result in famine in some parts of the world and rapid inflation of food prices in other regions. These crops all require huge agricultural inputs such as fertilizers, pesticides and large amounts of water for irrigation or flooding.
Corn, wheat and rice are replanted and harvested every year depleting soil resources and contaminating soils with salt. In addition, corn, wheat and rice are not very good sources of nutrition beyond calories. The amount of many vitamins and nutrients is too low to support good health. The proteins are low quality and don’t contain some of the essential amino acids required for human health. The frequency of allergies to these staple crops are increasing.
There must be a better alternative?
Breadfruit Food Company is dedicated to bringing a better alternative to corn, wheat, rice, and potatoes to the food industry.
Breadfruit is a sustainable crop.
The trees are planted once and yield fruit for 70-100 years or more. Young trees require irrigation in some regions but established trees do not normally require additional water. In most places, trees are grown traditionally without the need for chemical fertilizers, pesticides or insecticides. Weeds are not really a problem since they don’t impact tree growth or fruit harvest.
An agrofoodforest is a small forest growing many different food crops together. The growing crops create a natural ecosystem in which different plants nurture and sustain each other. Breadfruit can be grown in agrofoodforests with coconut, banana, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, all spice, cinnamon, cloves, and many other crops
Breadfruit is good for you.
Breadfruit is an important staple crop that has been part of a healthy diet for thousands of years. It is an excellent source of calories and fiber, a good source of many vitamins and nutrients and a source of high quality complete protein with all of the essential amino acids required for human health.
Breadfruit is an underutilzied crop with great potential - The major hurdle to making breadfruit widely available was a difficulty in propagating the trees. This problem was solved 10 years ago and large numbers of trees are available for planting in tropical countries.