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Foro Global sobre Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutrición • Foro FSN

Re: Indigenous methods of food preparation: what is their impact on food security and nutrition?

Gregory Ziegler
Gregory ZieglerPenn State UniversityUnited States of America

I want to thank Prof. Harriet Kuhnlein for her introduction to this thread. I only found out about it yesterday, so I have not been able to read it in its entirety. I did want to introduce myself to the group and let you know that I am interested in indigenous methods of food processing and preparation, particularly in Africa. Related to this topic, I have been working mostly in Ethiopia for the last few years. In Edward’s introduction he stated, “Many people rely on methods based on the scientific approach and thus IKS may be at the verge of extinction.” I would hope that we didn’t consider science and IKS as mutually exclusive. I believe many of the indigenous ways of food preparation reflect years of womankind’s curiosity creativity focused on the acquisition of a sufficiently healthful diet, not so different from the same curiosity that drives much of science.