How is Curio Spice Co. addressing racism, sexism, and fighting for CHANGE?


The past few years have brought to light a true reckoning for justice in this country. In the wake of recurrent violence against people of color, we created this page to share resources and ways you can engage in the fight for justice. Here at Curio, we’re committed to amplifying BIPOC, AAPI, LGBTQIA+ voices by sharing the stories of spice farmers, businesses, and cookbooks that honor diverse voices.

  • By sourcing specialty spices directly from small farms and producers and often paying above a fair-trade price, we are working to reverse the exploitive practices put in place due to colonization. Commodity spices are built on a system that keeps people in poverty around the world, and continues a history of exploitive practices built by white people. We strive to de-commodify and decolonize the spice trade.
  • We continue to discuss racism and allyship as a team, sharing resources (and building this page) to further education. ⁠We are working together to identify changes we need to make in our business, especially as we grow, and using our creative strengths to deepen the material impact we have in the area of social responsibility.
  • In 2019 we became a Certified B corporation®. This means we have a third party system to hold us accountable to our mission. This along with other outreach (such as our stories shared through our newsletter and on social media) are important ways that we communicate our commitment.
“We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”- Martin Luther King Jr.

Curio's Cause Campaigns:

"Using Business as a force for good" - B Lab

2020: Read a summary of our giving including cause campaigns in our Benefit Report

2021: Read a summary of our giving including cause campaigns in our Benefit Report.

2022:

LEARN MORE. DO MORE.

Check out the resources (below) which are helping us learn more as we engage with these issues, especially through the lens of food, spices, and farming. Our current moment has spotlighted how social justice, equity, and climate change disproportionately affect the poor, especially people of color. At the bottom of this page, you can read more about specific ways that we are addressing and engaging with these issues at Curio. As always, stay curious and keep cooking!

Curio's Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that Curio Spice Co. operates on the traditional and ancestral land of the Massachusett, Naumkeag, and Pawtucket peoples, the original inhabitants of what is now known as Cambridge and Winchester. In our work here at Curio—sourcing, blending and storytelling about spices—we strive to honor this native land and its people through transparent information and direct-sourcing including sourcing from small local farms on this land and its waters (the Atlantic) and wild foragers who continue traditions of low-impact gathering.

As Americans, we must all strive to learn about the history of the land we inhabit and its people, including the legacy of displacement, forced migration, disease and disruption that was forced on the Indigenous people of North America through colonization. As members of this country and as citizens of our global community here at Curio we stive to continually pay our respects to the people of the Massachusett Tribe, past and present, and honor the land itself which remains sacred to the Massachusett, Naumkeag, and Pawtucket Peoples.

Resources to further explore & LEARN:

Donate

Consider a recurring donation:

- National Center for Transgender Equality dedicated to replacing disrespect, discrimination, and violence toward transgender people with empathy, opportunity, and justice.
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World Central Kitchen is dedicated to providing meals in response to humanitarian, climate, and community crises.
- Project Restore Us Supporting Restaurants & worker families
- 50 Ways to Donate in Support of Asian Communities NY Mag
- Chinatown Love Supporting Asian-owned small businesses affected by COVID-19
- YW Boston: Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women
- The Food Project MA based Youth Farming Program
- Soul Fire Farm is committed to ending racism and injustice in our food system (CA).
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The Okra Project providing resources and meals to Black Trans people worldwide.- Find more food justice organizations here on Eater.com

Read & Cook

Double Awesome Chinese Food
Michael Twitty, author of The Cooking Gene
Bryant Terry, author of Vegetable Kingdom & Afro-Vegan
Toni Tipton Martin, author of Jubilee
Yohanis Gebreyesus, author of Ethiopia
Adrian Miller
, Author & Food Scholar
Whetstone Magazine - A seasonal print/digital journal on global food culture and origins
Civil Eats Non-profit, daily news source for critical thinking about the American food system.

Engage & Listen

Equity Table Database of POC/Queer womxn in food
Museum of African Diaspora ~ MoAD
Point of Origin (podcast) from Whetstone Magazine
Black Food Tales (podcast) African & Caribbean food stories from Black Food Club
Code Switch (podcast) from npr.org
Food Cultr (podcast) Hosted by food journalist Daniela Cintron.
Soul Phoodie 20 food podcasts by Black women