Really? I thought no one lived there” is a somewhat common reaction I’ve gotten upon meeting someone new and telling them that home for me is the Galapagos. To assume that these are uninhabited islands is not a far-fetched misconception—of the 300 islets and islands that constitute the Galapagos archipelago, only 5 have settled populations
This article was originally published on the CRS Coffeelands blog on October 23, 2015. In this piece, Jefferson Shriver describes how climate change is affecting coffee production, forcing many farmers to use other (often lower quality) coffee varieties, switch to non-coffee crops, or abandon agriculture altogether.
By Jacob Olander - The Amazon River draws together the waters of nearly half of South America. Recently those waters were the venue for a remarkable meeting, drawing together chefs, social entrepreneurs, writers, scientists, conservationists and business people to chart a course for the future of food from, and for, the Amazon.
Rows of combines roll in formation across regimented soybean fields. In the Brazilian Amazon, thousands of square kilometers have been cleared for the production of soy and beef for export. This is one way of producing food from the rainforest. But there are other ways. In Peru, an Awajun farmer tends her farm in the rainforest.
On a Saturday afternoon in late September in the Peruvian jungle town of Satipo, Jonatan Ayala Lombardi offers up a chocolate surprise. Jonatan is the general manager of the Satipo Cooperative, which sells hundreds of tons of cacao and coffee from its 620 farmer members from this frontier region where the Andes meld into the Amazon lowlands.
From the sizzle in a pan, to the feel of cracking open a piece of salak, to the aroma and composition of a dish that, in the hands of the right chef, is best understood as art—culinary culture and much more were on display this year in Latitud Cero, the premier gastronomic congress in Quito.