Terra Madre October 2004
There were speakers once
again from all over the world but one farmer in particular,
from Canada, was of interest. Rather than purchase a tractor,
he bought horses for his farm. This saved him the initial
capital cost and ongoing cost repairs of the tractor and
he has actually generated revenue from the horse offspring.
More than that, the horses do not damage or impact the soil
as a tractor would, they are excellent workers, and they
use the manure on the farm.
I loved this session. There were over 20 chefs
from all over the world given the floor for about five minutes.
They represented Russia, South America, Africa, the US, etc
their messages were so different. Here are a few items that
somehow resonated with me:
Brazil preserve your ancestral
is really about hunger and each day they are fighting it
Allen of Ballymaloe talked about being part of the renaissance
of food in Ireland and some of the practices they employed talking
to the fisherman everyday, buying locally even from kids
at the back door, cooking from scratch, growing their own
and purchasing from artisinal growers, writing their menu
Denmarktheir country has been repressed with respect
to food and that needs to change. Manifesto--Nordic culture
and re-discover eating and heritage
Alice Waters shared her starts and changes with Chez
Panisse -- it started with taste and that led to organic,
it started French and that changed to regional. Then she
talked about the Berkeley model of children and food.