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Cafe Scientifique: Exploring Agroecology at 10mph

Date: 04/16/2013

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: Bryant Lake Bowl, Minneapolis

Cost: $5-$12


In Fall 2011, Dr. Paul Porter rode the 6,500km Vuelta Sudamericana (September 25 – December 13, 2011) with three University of Minnesota undergraduate students. Their path took them from Buenos Aires across the Pampas plain where soybeans dominate the landscape, led them up, up, up into wine country and over the Andes Mountains into the relatively lush and agriculturally diverse valleys surrounding Santiago, along the increasingly dry desert Chilean coast, back up into the Andes, and across flat, sterile salt plains to Lima, Peru. The team skirted active volcanoes on the high Altiplano famed for quinoa and dried potatoes, cycled alongside the Cordillera Real in Bolivia, ferried across part of Lake Titicaca, rode past ancient Tiwanaka and Inca archaeological sites and agricultural terraces, and navigated mountain passes at extreme elevations—observing llama, alpaca and vicuna up high and cotton, cacti, bananas, mangoes, cherimoya, granadilla and strawberries down low.Along the way, the bicyclists studied the diverse South American agroecosystems, looking at how humans use the landscape to produce food, fiber and fuel. Join Dr. Porter for an evening of stunning pictures and stories of the complicated relationships between humans and the land.



More information: http://www.bellmuseum.umn.edu/ForAdults/CafeScientifique/index.htm

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