Best Decolonized Food Company 

Diaspora Co.

Given that the original intent of colonialism in India was to dominate the spice trade, the ultimate decolonization of food would be within the spice industry. In Oakland, Sana Javeri Kadri launched a spice company to do just that. Her Diaspora Co. sources single-origin, organic turmeric directly from a small farm in a quiet village in Andhra Pradesh, ensuring the farmer makes a decent wage. To get it started, Kadri flew to the Indian Institute of Spice Research in Kerala to learn about the best heirloom strains, and eventually connected with a fourth-generation farmer looking for someone to buy his amazing turmeric. For now, folks can order jars of the richly golden, earthy powder online — and hopefully one day, Diaspora Co. will disrupt the trade even further with an array of spices.

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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