Saturday, 23 April 2016

Pantaneiro revival: 500 Brazilian cows and the future of food security

Kim-Jenna Jurriaans
FAO | UN Food & Agriculture Organization | Rome, Italy

At the Center of the Latin America continent lies a tropical wetland with a biodiversity and local culture so rich that it’s a UNESCO World Heritage site. In this week’s episode we take you into Brazil’s Pantanal region to explore what conserving the genetic heritage of one local cattle breed means for this special ecosystem, for local culture and traditions, and for food security on an increasingly harsher planet.

Along the way, we hear from researchers at EMBRAPA and the State University of Mato Grosso do Sul who are trying to bring back this breed from the edge of extinction, and from a cattle farmers who's family's connection to the Pantaneiro cattle goes back four generations.

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