Food and life are intimately intertwined among the Quechua-Lama communities of the High Andes. The local cosmovision sees a mutual relationship between humans and nature, bound to one another in a reciprocal pattern of nature nurturing humans as humans nurture nature. And eating is central to this relationship, as all organisms in the cycle must eat and rely on a healthy abundance of food.
This video portrays the biodiversity of food within a regional community near San Martin, Peru, where villagers, farmers, and families live an agrocentric lifestyle with their chacras, or cultivated fields. At the same time, this lifestyle is stressed due to migration and pollution, so the community is also attempting to regenerate its traditional knowledge to face these challenges.
Made in 2007 by Sachavideos in Lima, Peru, with support from the communities and Proyecto Andino de Tecnologias Campesinas (PRATEC). In Spanish with custom English subtitles prepared by TV Multiversity for your viewing enjoyment.
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