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UA lecture: Wild food plants and culinary heritage

January 25, 2016

The University of Aruba (UA) in collaboration with the University College Utrecht cordially invites you to a public lecture as part of the UAUCU undergraduate research exchange program: Wild food plants and culinary heritage .

Farmers from around the world manage, gather and eat wild food plants from anthropogenic ecosystems.

This presentation provides insight into the place of wild food plants in farming culture and cultural food ways. The results from a detailed study of two villages in Northeast Thailand with farming households is presented. The research results show that these plants are an essential part of the cultural diet and constitute a ‘rural safety net’ particularly for vulnerable households. Many species are managed to ensure their availability in anthropogenic environments and complement seasonal crop availability. The results of this study furthers our understanding of dietary traditions and the scientific challenge of the partitions that have for decades divided agriculturalists and gatherers.

The facilitator for this lecture is Lisa Price who’s a professor of Anthropology at Waldo Hall, Oregon State University. She specializes in food systems, farming, food security, gender, agro-biodiversity, ethnobiology, and methodology development. Her interests are primarily at the interface of human culture, specifically gender, and the food environment. The approach she takes in the research she conducts is grounded in how people conceptualize the food environment, how they reason their actions, and their perceptions of the outcomes of their actions.

Date: Tuesday, February 4th 2016
Time: 5 – 6 p.m.
Place: Aula, University of Aruba, J.E. Irausquinplein 4
Language: English
Entrance: Free


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