The Science We Trust
“Biochemistry is the science that explores the chemical processes within and related to living organisms”.
– Biochemical Society
Our children are growing, living organisms. It is during the first 5 years of a child’s life, that formative growth occurs most rapidly. Scientists understand that growth lapses during this period can never be recovered. The permanent effects of such child-growth lapses are called stunting - Link to WHO.
Essential amino acids (proteins) and fatty acids (fats) are biochemistry’s building blocks for growth and energy. Because this is a fact, every society needs to make sure that its growing embryos and fetuses, babies, infants and small children have daily access to these vitally important growth nutrients.
Society only has one chance with every one of its children to get this right. The window is the first ±2000 days of life starting with the pregnant mother.
“Every stunting occurrence is 100% preventable.”
Currently, South Africa misses the target with about 1.7m children under 5-years old whom the WHO considers to be stunted. These children will carry the burden of their underdeveloped cognitive and physical statuses with them for the rest of their lives.
By shifting ownership of food processing plants from shareholders wishing to create monetary wealth to a Non-profit Structure wishing to improve the well-being of its beneficiaries, creates a different focus.
“To reduce stunting rates in RSA, we need specific focus.”
By listening to scientists; applying available technology; and developing innovative new business models, we can revolutionise meal qualities while staying within narrow cost margins.
We believe that the combination of twin-screw extrusion cooking and non-profit food processing can contribute immeasurably to delivering better essential growth nutrients on to poor growing children’s daily food plates.
We believe in the future of our youth.