Melissa Kushi, Social Change Entrepreneur, Creator of HimalaSalt & other ethically sourced Organic Products.

Melissa Kushi, Social Change Entrepreneur, Creator of HimalaSalt & other ethically sourced Organic Products.

Melissa Kushi, Founder, President, Sustainable Sourcing, LLC

Melissa Kushi, Founder and President of Sustainable Sourcing, has devoted much of her life’s work to sustainable foods, macrobiotics, and ethical business models. As a social entrepreneur she traveled the world - creating bamboo micro-industries in Africa, replacing coca crops in the jungles of Peru, and introducing Japanese Hokkaido heirloom soybeans to organic farmers in the US.

At an early age, Kushi was trained by the legendary pioneers of the Natural Foods Industry, and leaders of the international Macrobiotic movement, Michio and Aveline Kushi, her father and late mother-in-law. Studying in Japan, she learned the traditional arts of making miso, umeboshi, tofu, and traditional Japanese cooking, where she came to fully understand the value and importance of high quality salt for health and longevity.  She also completed her Masters in Chinese Metaphysics, and was a successful natural foods cooking teacher, macrobiotic educator, and an international organic commodities trader.  Being passionate to share her childhood experiences of growing up on an organic farm in the south, Melissa taught organic gardening at a Rudolf Steiner school, where her children attended.  

In her travels and while working with indigenous people, Melissa was inspired by their wealth of ancient knowledge, biodiversity and traditional heirloom foods.  Out of her study and work, she believes that this traditional body of knowledge, combined with today's cutting edge green technologies, to be key to our collective future. She has also witnessed the effects of adopting a "modern" refined diet in these indigenous communities, and how it has eroded their health, natural farming practices and the rich biodiverse regions they inhabit. Out of this realization, Melissa began to work with communities on the Navajo reservation to create indigenous permaculture projects - bringing in much needed funds, heirloom seeds, low-tech green irrigation systems, and with her children, spent summers working fields of corn, beans, squash, chiles, and other high desert native foods in these communities.

It became clear to her that -- as the third world seeks balance and survival, the first world seeks balance and meaning. Creating a circle of compassion and humanity between these two worlds inspired her to create Sustainable Sourcing as a means for nourishing both.

While Kushi possesses expertise at sourcing the highest quality natural products around the globe, she is passionately committed to creating products that bring added social value to consumers.  By providing products that increase wellbeing while making a difference, it helps to close the gap between consumers and the source community.  It also helps to supports and preserves the environment and a more humane, natural way of life.  This is accomplished through her 5% give back, so each time you do something as simple as use HimalaSalt or her organic peppercorns, you are making a difference on the planet.

Melissa has worked diligently to design her product lines with the least impact on the earth, leaving the smallest footprint possible.  All packaging is either 100% recycled, recyclable, refillable, or reusable, and her entire operation is offset with wind and solar certified by the Green-e.  Going far beyond the requirements for certification, which offsets electrical use only, Melissa, with the help of the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, has offset every aspect of her company's fossil fuel consumption by calculating annual use for production, the creation of packaging, ocean freight, trucking, travel and shows, marketing, and what it takes to operate her new certified organic, kosher passover certified artisan production facility in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains of New England.  

Melissa continues to support the renewal of traditional diet in indigenous regions as a way to recover health, biodiversity, and to create heirloom food security, with ongoing projects on Native American reservations and in the Himalayas.

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