The principle of non- violence underpins our approach to bread and determines what it means to be a baker
As one of our founding principles, we have a policy of non-violence. In this recording, Vanessa explains this as the personal practice of not causing harm to others, under any condition.
We stand for what it means to be a baker. Our work and the way we approach baking is about supporting each other, connecting to each other and sharing with one another.
Bread is the basis of friendship. Our bread feeds far more than the physical body; it also nourishes kindness, generosity and friendship. To eat bread with someone implies trust and a sense of security. Etymology shows us how deeply associated bread is with the language we use to describe a sense of being connected. In English, the word ‘companion’, derives from the Latin ‘com’ – ‘with’ and ‘panis’ – ‘bread’. We can see it many other languages, too – the French ‘copain‘, the Spanish ‘companero‘ and the Italian ‘compagno‘ all come from the Latin meaning ‘with whom one eats bread’.
Never before has it been more important to stand firm and call for an end to violence, and to celebrate diversity while reminding ourselves of our commonality.
Our commitment to non-violence also involves not allowing injustices. Our policy is to step up to help with compassion, and to speak out against prejudice, discrimination and wrongdoing.
Remember: the most important ingredient in your bread is compassion.