I grow your organic rice
“The home delivery service,
that brings selected local groceries, greens
and health products to your door steps”
We spent a long and hard time considering words and their definitions whilst searching for ways to describe the operation and values of Bali Direct. Bali Direct is a business, yet our aim is to support local production and economic development that benefits people and cares for the environment.
We have extensive experience in working with primary producers, as well as developing market channels that support poverty reduction whilst maintaining the integrity of natural resources. We are happy to be part of the growing move towards more conscious consumption; here are some of the words that define Bali Direct.
We like to be local because it supports the local economy, increases the quality of fresh produce and reduces the environmental impact of consumption. It also means we can visit producers and assess for ourselves if these correspond to Bali Direct values. We stock imported products only when these are not available locally (like oats, lentils, chia) or when the local variants may contain Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), like soya sauce. We have no products with GMOs or that contain palm oil and we have committed to no plastic in our deliveries.
The principle of value, for us, is inseparable from values. In practice this means we pledge not to profit from production that does not respect social and environmental integrity. We support production that contributes to the food sovereignty and reduced poverty of producers whilst managing natural resources in trust for future generations. Sometimes this simply means conscious sourcing. Other times we actively give back, by investing in the production, education and livelihoods of producers.
We commit to being informed and open about the products we source and working with producers and makers who operate with the same transparency. Working towards a business that supports conscious consumption we are aware that there are compromises and trade-offs in reaching social, economic and environmental objectives. Each product we stock is considered against this and our other core values. We believe that if we are open and informed, we will be able to learn and improve how we work.
What do we mean when we say “Organic”, “Natural”, “Non-Organic”
We have thought long and hard about how to categorize fresh produce sold through Bali Direct. We would like to support producers who have invested in organic certification. We would also like to support the many producers who would like to serve the organic market but cannot afford certification. Finally we want to distinguish between fresh produce that grows or is cultivated with minimal or no chemical support from fresh produce whose cultivation requires substantial chemical support. The following are the definitions we have chosen.
In short, the majority of our fresh produce comes from our own farm in Baturiti and is grown on virgin volcanic soils with zero chemical inputs from farm saved seeds or seeds sourced from suppliers committed to non-GMO production. Some produce we are not able to cultivate organically for technical reasons, or not in sufficient quantity. We source these from Bedugul wholesale market. We will ensure that you are informed about where your fresh produce comes from and how it has been cultivated.
Fresh produce that is free of synthetic additives like pesticides, chemical fertilizers and dyes as certified by an accredited third party.
Bali grown and processed produce whose organic claim is credible because of the characteristics of the produce, our validation and the reputation of the producers. Note that this category is not certified by an accredited third party.
Fresh produce that require no chemical additives to support growth and whose cultivation is known to be largely chemical free in Bali. This is our ‘loosest’ category and we commit to updating our knowledge of both cultivation practices and producers.
Fresh produce whose cultivation is known to be difficult without synthetic additives and whose claim to be organic would require consistent validation or certification.
The Snail of Approval award
The Snail of Approval is awarded by the Slow Food Movement – a global, grassroots organization working to prevent the disappearance of local food traditions and rekindle interest in the food we eat, where it comes from and how our food choices affect the world around us.
Slow Food Bali awards the Snail of Approval to those producers, purveyors and artisans who contribute to the Quality, Authenticity and Sustainability of the food and beverages we consume in Bali.