Leaders in Bali are working to raise awareness of the importance of healthy and sustainable lifestyles. Ibu Putri Suastini Koster, the wife of the Governor of Bali, Wayan Koster, is calling on the Balinese people to return to the traditional values of food and food production.
This shift towards more organic food production on the island will have a surprisingly positive impact on tourists as well as local communities.
Mrs. Koster wants to see a greater focus on the production of organic food in Bali; this, she says, is just one way to help keep traditional cultural values and farming practices alive.
There is an ongoing dialogue in Bali about the need for sustainable and culture-based tourism.
The food and beverage industry is so inherently connected to agriculture and tourism that any change in the agriculture sector in Bali will directly impact tourists.
Speaking on a panel alongside food sector leaders, Mrs. Koster shared her passion for a return to organic food production.
She said, “Our ancestors have long ago passed down an integrated agricultural system with its noble values. So let’s return to agriculture which is our identity”.
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Professor Supartha Utama, from the Bali Development Working Group for Food, Clothing, and Shelter, echoed Mrs. Koster’s calls for an organic future for all.
Prof. Utsama said, “Overseas people are very concerned about the food they eat, and organic food has more value for them. So if we sell our organic food ingredients with their extrinsic values such as culture, then we can sell our products even higher.”
He noted that organic farming practices, over time, have a high yield than what has become conventional, high-input farming.
So, what benefits would more organic farming, or organic farming as standard, mean for tourists in Bali?
Higher Quality Food – Organically grown foods have shown to have increased nutrient density, contain fewer heat metals, and some say even taste better.
Cleaner Water Sources – With less pesticide runoff from agricultural land entering Bali’s waterways, the water quality will begin to improve too. This, alongside the teams who are working to clean Bali’s rivers, will have a huge impact on water quality.
Protected Agricultural Landscapes – If Bali’s farmers can earn more money from their produce, there is a greater incentive to continue to protect and invest in preserving the traditional agricultural landscapes; this includes the coffee plantations and the famous rice terraces.
Bali Is Heaven For Foodies
Bali is heaven on earth for foodies. Not only does the island have a unique culinary heritage of its own, but Bali is also part of the Indonesian archipelago, which is one of the most rich and diverse culinary cultures in the world.
Then consider that Bali continues to attract tourists from all over the world, and with tourism comes hospitality and culinary innovation.
The Island of the Gods has so much to offer as a destination for food and culture, and a shift towards more organic food production will bring huge benefits to farmers, farming communities, and tourists visiting the island.
Nusa Dua – The Finest Of Fine Dining
The island’s most lavish and luxurious resort, Nusa Dua, is home to the finest of fine dining experiences.
From The Koral Restaurant at Apurva Kempinski to Kayuputih at St Regis, if you have a penchant for culinary flair and the best of the best dining experiences, you best get making table reservations in Nusa Dua.
Seminyak – Cocktail Central
Cocktail lovers should make a B-line for Seminyak. As the home of the island’s most popular nightlife scene, there is so much to discover on the cocktail menus of Seminyak.
In fact, the resort is home to one of Indonesia’s best mixologists. Dimas Rio Gaku from The Social Seminyak recently came first place in the Bali round of the prestigious H-Day Mixology Competition 2023.
Ubud – Plant-Based Paradise
Whether a pure-bred vegan or a proud omnivore, the food scene in Ubud is the destination of choice for jet-setting epicureans.
Restaurants like Room4Desert, Meru, Indus, Zest, and Sayuri’s Healing Foods go to great lengths to bring earthy-friendly foods to the table.
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