Millahcayotl is an association that is working to create just, sustainable, animal-independent food systems.
Millahcayotl, from the Nahuatl words milpa and yotl, can be translated as “the way of the milpa”. Milpas are a traditional form of Mesoamerican agriculture in which corn, beans and squash are cultivated in an integrated manner. For us, the word millahcayotl represents a holistic approach of food production and consumption and an understanding of the relation between agriculture and environment, food and community, and the importance of the acts of growing food and feeding oneself and others as tools of social and environmental action. It’s also a reminder that agriculture does not require animal exploitation.
Our programs seek to decrease dependence on and participation in the global corporate food complex by promoting small-scale, decentralized alternatives that are healthy and just for producers, eaters, and communities as a whole. We integrate an animal rights perspective and uphold models that are not reliant on animals for food or labor.
Millahcayotl was founded in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2005 and has since relocated to San Francisco, California.