Professor Torbert's promotes food and nutrition security in both the U.S. and sub-Saharan Africa by partnering with local, sustainability-focused farmers.
Why we love it
First ground by Native Americans in 5,000 BC, cornmeal is more truly “American” than New York pizza, BBQ, or apple pie. Indigenous Peoples, past and present, use it for both recipes and healing. Professor Torbert’s bright, lightweight variety pays homage to this tradition with a starchy, coarsely-ground cornmeal that’s delicious in crispy corn dishes while delivering a daily dose of orange corn antioxidants.
How it does good
Growing brighter corn for a brighter future
A full stomach doesn't necessarily mean a nutrient filled one, especially in developing countries where vitamin-dense diets aren’t always available. That's why Professor Torbert's is using nature, not GMOs, to help. Their unique “orange corn” uses carotenoids (think carrots) to bring much-needed Vitamin A to a staple crop that's easy, cheap, and safe to grow. By sharing it with African farmers committed to environmentally-friendly practices, Professor Torbert's keeps people healthy and communities growing. This process of “biofortification” is expected to help over a billion people by 2030, and Professor Torbert’s is the first to bring global awareness to it by commercializing a crop.
responsible sourcingProfessor Torbert’s grows their non-GMO corn through a local family farm dedicated to regenerative agriculture, without sourcing from outside suppliers. They have their eye on the future as well, planning to focus on producers’ land stewardship and ethical values as they expand.
recyclable packagingProfessor Torbert’s uses 1% of proceeds to address vitamin deficiencies that leave people, particularly women and children, vulnerable to health issues. Partnering with biofortification leader HarvestPlus, they help small African farmers grow nutrient-rich crops and bring awareness to hidden hunger.
low carbon footprintBy working with a local farmer, they reduce the impact of transportation. Their corn is developed to flourish without new requirements for water, soil, or growth time, so people are fed year after year without changing the practices that work best in their ecosystem.