A Healthy Food Movement Is Gaining Momentum in Paraguay · Global Voices

Ecological markets, communities, families and organizations take initiative on the issue of appropriate food and the mindful use of natural resources. Picture from the Kurtural website and used with permission.The #jakaruporahagua series(meaning” Paraguayans are heavily depending on supermarket products and ready-to-eat food high in sugar and carbs, also asvegetables to which many pesticides have actually been added. Their diet plan is likewise abundant in meats and fat, given that much healthier and lighter products have the tendency to be a lot more expensive. Individuals try to find the most affordable and tastiest method to fill their stomaches. For numerous specialists like Miguel Lovera– who became part of the National Service for Veggie and Seed Safety and Quality– this is the root of Paraguayans’ malnutrition and represents a failure in ensuring people’s right to food security.Given this reality, a

growing variety of efforts dedicated to safeguarding food and land rights have sprung up in Paraguay. A few of these jobs study ways to utilize the land in a responsible way, and teach others ways to do so. Others link city homeowners, whose resources and access to whole foods might be restricted, to farmer’s markets, or establish food fairs in less populated areas and motivate regional production for local consumption.One of them is Huerta Orgánica( Organic Garden)job, which offers healthy products to over 60 households weekly. Carlos Díaz Meyer is a promoter of the task who worked for numerous years as an architect in the United States. With the assistance of his Paraguayan contacts in New York, Díaz Meyer handled to take a path for himself in this domain: Ganaba mucha plata pero no tenía vida, todo age trabajo y mucho estrés […] Yo vine de otro ámbito con poca experiencia. Me fui haciendo al andar. Me animé a tener mi huertita, me fui formando. Siempre estuvo en mí la cuestión de la salud, me fui desprendiendo de la visión occidental de la medicina y entendí que el alimento es pura medicina I earned a great deal of money but I had no life, it was only work and a great deal of stress […] I originated from another background and

I had little experience. I was cutting my own course. I encouraged myself to have my little veggie garden, I informed myself. The issue of health always interested me, my view on medicine differed from the Western vision and I understood that food is pure medicine.Another effort, lead by a”people of manufacturers,”is called”Tu Kokue” (Your Farm), and their goal is to link farmers and people in the city who want to eat much better. The task started in

2013 simply as its main founders, Leticia Correa y Raúl Soverina, had their very first child: We had the idea of consuming healthy with our child. That’s how the job began, as a household initiative to provide to other families, and after that it started spreading.They share the products they have readily available through Facebook and their site. They likewise have a subscriber list. In 2016, Tu Kokue became a collective project and includes groups of urban farmers. So far, they have

over 50 families buying their products weekly.Food fairs in smaller communities Image: Amadeo Velazquez. Used with permission.Some of the tasks not only are worried with producing healthy food communities and setting up farmer’s markets, however also unite groups whose interests likewise consist of the defense of the land, the peasantry and ladies in rural locations. Their efforts have actually contributed to a dive in touristic interest and therefore some economic growth in some areas, thanks to their food markets.One example is that of San Pedro del Paraná, in the south of the nation(350 kilometers far from the capital, Asunción ). Since 2007, over 50 households of farming manufacturers from neighboring locations have actually gathered there to sell to around 2,500 individuals, who now wait for market day to purchase their fresh products.The effective experience has actually led other neighborhoods to reproduce the food fairs, making San Pedro the local reference

in farmer’s markets. Blanca Méndez, a member of the Pastoral Social de San Pedro del Paraná— a Christian organization that deals with individuals in requirement in the city– states that thanks to their involvement in this growing food market efforts, the organization has acquired financial independence and has actually had the ability to motivate the development of little household farms.In our next post, we’ll be checking out ideas and

recipes shared in the series, and finally, we’ll check out the obstacles and the realities behind much healthier consuming in Paraguay and the companies that are aiming to make it possible.