Indonesia Tempeh Movement is an international non-profit organization that promotes tempeh as a sustainable healthy food. (Shutterstock/Amallia Eka)
Indonesian ambassador to the United States of America Budi Bowoleksono said that Indonesians supported Amadeus Driando Ahnan of Indonesian Tempe Movement (ITM) for his talk at Harvard Business School on Nov. 7.
ITM is an international non-profit organization that promotes tempeh as a sustainable healthy food.
The partnership between ITM and KBRI Washington has been going on for quite some time.
“In September, we held a Vegan Festival that managed to attract 1,350 visitors to enjoy tempeh,” Budi said.
Amadeus, a food science postgraduate student at the University of Massachusetts brought up the theme of Why Would “Food for the Poor” Tempe Matter for Global Health during the Harvard Global Health Shared Interest Meeting. This is a community of Harvard academicians who have interest in global health. Around 20 members attended the discussion.
During the 90-minute session, Amadeus explained how the soy-based food has a high cultural value, however, many people think that tempeh is a food for less-unfortunate people.
The protein inside tempeh is almost equal to beef, moreover, the process of making tempeh is eco-friendly as it only takes 10 percent of the energy needed to produce beef.
“In the United States, 8oz of tempeh is sold for $1.99 whilst one slice of steak meat costs more than seven dollars,” said Amadeus. (asw)