Kopali Organics was founded by Zak Zaidman and Stephen Brooks, while living and farming on their Costa Rican off-the-grid permaculture farm. Not so far from this farm, low-flying airplanes spray highly toxic pesticides, herbicides and fungicides on banana plantations, and right onto farming workers in the field, as well as their families, their homes, playgrounds, schools and water supply. For many families, working for these farms is the only source of income available to feed their families.
Zak and Stephen also saw some local farmers, their neighbors and friends, who continued to use natural and sustainable practices. In many cases they were already highly organized and certified organic with the assistance of nonprofit groups. They tasted and knew first hand how much better their food was to eat than the chemically produced alternatives – better not only because it is more nutritious, pure and free of toxins, but also because it is overwhelmingly superior in taste, flavor, texture and quality.
Zak and Stephen saw that, without support, these neighboring farmers would continue to be driven out of business and off of their lands, only to be replaced by large-scale chemically-intensive industrial farms. And so they were moved to create Kopali Organics, to share this naturally delicious pure and healthy food, and to support organic family farmers and their communities by connecting them with the growing market of people who care about the quality of the food they eat as well as the social and environmental conditions under which it is grown, produced and traded.
Everyday more and more people discover and become loyal fans of Kopali – as well as the mission behind what they do. We are so excited to have Kopali’s delicious mulberry treats in our July Yuzen box!