Category Archives: Latin America

What came first the chicken or the tree? by Andrew Ormerod (2006)

In 2005 I was lucky enough to visit Earth University and met up with Dr. Richard Taylor who showed me around the Universities integrated farm.   I was shown the dairy cattle and pigs, whose diet included leafy browse from tropical … Continue reading

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Potatoes in the freezer by Andrew Ormerod Slow Food, Terra Madre, Turin 2006

If you ever travel to the high Andes and see members of the local community apparently jiving while standing on neat squares of potatoes – chances are they are squeezing water out of their special potatoes to make freeze-dried chuño … Continue reading

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Viva the Yacónaros by Andrew Ormerod presentation from Slow Food Terra Madre 2006

Although potatoes are now almost universally known about there are other Latin American root crops that were left behind by the Spanish conquistadors and have had little publicity outside their original areas of production.  Yacón is one such example,  a … Continue reading

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Traditional Tortilla making in the Valley of Mexico by Andrew Ormerod (2005)

When I visited CIMMYT (The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre) in 2005 I was interested in understanding the traditional ways used to make Tortillas.  I am grateful for Mike Listman for taking me to see the process. The Aztecs developed … Continue reading

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Visit to Urban Harvest – Challenges of urban and peri urban land use around Lima, Peru by Andrew Ormerod (2005)

In 2005 I visited Gordon Prain and colleagues at Urban Harvest which looked at the challenges faced in relation to burgeoning urbanisation in different parts of the world and the need for food production in urban settings.  I was taken … Continue reading

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2008-12 Cuba Organoponico Santa Katerina

Brief resume from Santa Clara organoponico You see organoponicas of different sizes in cities villages and towns, throughout Cuba. Common features are shaded areas for summer vegetable production; raised beds are often common; compost making/vermiclture. At the Santa Clara organopinico … Continue reading

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2008-12-06 Cuban environmental study tour 2

CDR – Committees for the Defence of the Revolution If you go on a study tour of Cuba your tour is likely to include a visit to a CDR.  The largest organisation in Cuba – each apartment block is a … Continue reading

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