Young entrepreneurs changing food for the better

AquaFarmDown through the ages, the people of every area on earth have developed their own local food systems, fresh whole food, dried food, food home preserved in a variety of ways. And now many people, disillusioned with a modern food system that has become increasingly manipulated and nutrient deficient, are going “back to the roots,” and helping others to do the same.

“Back to the Roots” is the name of a company developed by Nikhil Arora and Alex Velez, age 26 and 27 who, after graduating from the University of California, Berkely, turned their backs on investment banking and opted to—grow mushrooms in ways anyone can do at home!

They grew mushrooms in coffee grounds in cardboard boxes and finally developed their products Aqua Farm, a self-cleaning fish tank that uses the fishes’ waste to grow food, as well as mushroom kits that enable anyone to produce a batch of their own organic mushrooms every ten days.

According to the young friends, “Our mission is to make food personal again through the passionate development of tools that educate and inspire, one family at a time.” (Visit their website at

And then there’s Tulsa, Oklahoma teenager, Remmi Smith, age 14. Remmi has an online healthy cooking show (, and has authored a cookbook called Global Cooking for Kids, featuring healthy recipes from around the world.

Motivated by the rampant childhood obesityof modern times, she hopes to inspire young people to switch from their noxious Standard American Diet and learn that healthy food can be fun and delicious. She has been appointed a Student Ambassador for Sodexo, which serves her recipes in over 4,000 schools. Remmi’s Italian salad dressing is sold at Whole Foods markets.

Even younger than Remmi, meet the 12 and 13-year-old brother and sister team, the Spice Kidz, winners of the entrepreneurship competition at the Young Entrepreneur Academy of Greater Pensacola. This precocious pair dearly love their curry and spicy Indian dishes, which were greatly favored in their native British Isles. It was hard to come by in their new Florida community, so they developed their own spice packets complete with a simple recipe to make authentic Indian curry at home. They said they want everyone to eat more curry.

Young people are a growing segment of the Real Food movement taking place in every U.S. state and all over the globe. In my part of rural northeastern Arizona we have several small organic farmers, good health food stores and a couple of popular farmers markets.

We can all only hope that one day our government health agencies will recognize that the giant food and medical cartels they favor are not improving our health and that more and more young (and old) entrepreneurs are changing food for the better.

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