Food, Health and Cultivating Communities
Der Mensch ist, was er ißt. (You are what you eat.)
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THE VALUE OF FOOD
There are several ways to enter a foreign culture - through
appreciating music, sports, food and language. Among these and
other options, food is an easy entry point which roots travelers
and locals in a common ground.
gardens, farmers markets and distribution of natural food
go a long way in supporting local economies and a healthy respect
for environmental conservation and community building.
Mexico has one of the premiere cuisines in the world, noted
for its diversity and innovative culinary and medicinal traditions.
Planeta.com will be updating a number of features that provide
background for visitors to the country's traditional markets
and those interested in the growing slow food movement.
RADISH NIGHT IN OAXACA
Mexico is known for its colorful, grandiose festivals, but
one of the most unique is Radish
Noche de Rábanos is celebrated on December 23rd
on the Zócalo
and for more than a century has been a focal point of Christmas
celebrations. Combining traditional
folk art and agriculture,
it is one of the most unique festivals in the world. True to
its name, the Radish Night festival lasts only a few hours as
vegetables have a limited lifespan as folk art.
Visitors find ornate radish sculptures, ranging from small
animals and human figures to representations of grand events,
including the Gueleguetza
Dance and Nativity scenes. Come for the rábanos ...
stay for the totomoxtle!
Food is to slow travel what happiness is to joy, mutually
FOOD MILES AND TRAVEL
As consumers around the world become aware of the carbon footprint
of their travels and purchases, a new term has appeared. Introducing
miles which track the journey food takes from the farm to
the table along with the carbon emissions that are created.
Increasingly in United
Kingdom and the rest of Europe
labels on food items show food miles. The concept is not without
debate and we will explore this topic further.
What recommendations should travelers be given on choosing
food in terms of ethical consequences?
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and travel. Planeta.com debuted in 1994. Travelers will find tips
on choosing eco-friendly, people-friendly and place-friendly
trips. Professionals will find a number of helpful resources, including
Ecotourism Resource Guide. If you have questions about our