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SXSW 2018

Manioc, From the Forest to the Future

In the XVI century, Brazilian Indians dominated the cultivation, extraction, conservation, preparation of food, beverages, medicines, and construction materials with manioc. The food of the settlers swallowed the food of the forest. Cassava never received the commercial incentives as soybeans and wheat. It is the third largest source of carbos, used in paper, plastics, cosmetics, pharmaceutics, but in the midst of creative economics it continues to be linked to poverty and modern slavery. Why?

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  1. Why cassava, the 3rd source of carbos lost her throne to wheat and soybeans, and its cultive and consume has been decreasing globally, year by year?
  2. If the world is more and more concerned about healthy and clean label, why is not cassava massively present in our food? Why this paradigma resists?
  3. In the midst of a creative economy, what can we do to encourage the return of natural food to table and consumption instead of overprocesseds?



Marisa Furtado, Journalist and gastronomic, Madame Aubergine Cozinha & Cultura

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Solo
  • Track: Food
  • Level: Intermediate
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