Foodie, a term once relegated to food writers and gourmet appreciators, now encompasses a broader group. Many of these new foodies like to keep an online record of their eating habits: posting photos on Instagram or reviews on Yelp. What many consider to be a hobby, however, can also be an indictment of lurking Western […]
My arms hurt as I walked through Brooklyn on a cold December night. I was carrying a 10-pound, party-size tray of macaroni and cheese with three cheeses, cooked to just a touch beyond al dente, with a breadcrumb topping. I was headed to a community potluck and had spent the better part of that morning […]
Indigenous Peoples in northern Ecuador are concerned about rising rates of cancer in their communities and have “attuned” to the global phenomena behind the disease. A study carried out in two Kichwa communities located in the province of Imbabura, in the north of the country, found that villagers believe cancer rates are rising due to […]
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling, on June 11, that asked Washington state to remove culverts that block the migration of salmon. The ruling has significant implications for Northwest Coast tribes, whose main source of food and livelihood is salmon. The legal decision stems from the 1855 Stevens treaties when Northwest Coast […]
We recently decided at the Center for World Indigenous Studies (CWIS) to inquire into the affects of elevated greenhouse gases in the planet’s atmosphere on the medicinal and pharmacologic benefits of wild harvested sources for indigenous communities. With 80% of the world’s 1.3 billion indigenous peoples significantly dependent on wild harvested foods and medicines—and virtually […]
Soy has become quite fashionable as a “wonder food”. Praised for its nutritional values, soy has the highest protein content of any bean making it a favorite among vegans, animal defenders and even young hipsters who swear by their morning soy latte. For many, however, soy is an ethical and political choice. By switching to […]
The Mother Grain is a documentary project about the rapid rise in popularity of quinoa and its impact on the local Aymara and Quechua farmers in Bolivia. The ancestors of the Aymara and Quechua used quinoa extensively in traditional ceremonial practices which led the Spanish Conquistadors to suppress growth of the sacred grain. However, the […]
A new report, published by a coalition of NGOs and scientific institutions (1), shows that the current hype around Stevia results in the violation of the rights of indigenous peoples, misleading marketing, and controversial synthetic biology. The basis for all the current commercialization of Stevia-derived sweeteners comes from the traditional knowledge of the impoverished Guaraní […]
Think bannock is a traditional food? Think again. In this video, Dr. Evan Adams from the Sliammon First Nation explores the history of bannock and its pre-colonial equivalent–made with Corn, Camas root and other cultivated foods. A Frog Girl Films production.
Quinoa Soup, an exploratory documentary, seeks to provide an American audience with stories from the field, providing a rare look into the daily lives of Cecilia and Leocadio, a quinoa-farming couple of the Quechua and Aymara nations. On February 20th, 2013 the United Nations launched the International Year of Quinoa. A highly nutritious pseudocereal grown […]
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