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


The past year has brought to light a true reckoning for racial justice in this country. In the wake of recurrent violence against the BIPOC and AAPI community 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 and AAPI voices by sharing the stories of spice farmers, BIPOC and AAPI owned businesses, and cookbooks that honor immigrant 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 have begun 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.


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!

Resources to further explore & LEARN:

Donate

Consider a recurring donation:

- 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 FoodMichael 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