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Nov 1, 2006

Exhibition looks at ?Seeds of Change?

Story PictureEvery day Belizeans consume massive quantities of rice, beans, chicken, and potatoes. But have you ever stopped to consider where your favourite foods originally came from, or why they became so popular? Probably not … but that’s exactly the type of information contained in a new exhibition at the House of Culture.

Kendra Griffith, Reporting
With its exhibition ?Seeds of Change? the Institute of Social and Cultural Research is hoping to dispel common myths surrounding some popular foods.

Froyla Tzalam, Exhibit Curator
?The main objective of the exhibition is to educate our students about the historical origins of food. For instance we have food that we call the national dishes or traditional dishes and what I am saying is that a lot of the foods we consider traditional have in fact just appeared in the last hundred years or fifty years or even five years. This exhibition is an introduction to where foods originally came from and to get students to start thinking more about where they food they are eating came from.?

According to exhibit curator Froyla Tzalam, many of the foods we associate with certain countries or cultures actually originate from where you least expect.

Froyla Tzalam
?If you start reading some of the information we have you might be pleasantly surprised to discover that some of the foods that you thought were American for instance or Italian are actually have their origins from this part of the world. Let?s take pizza for instance. Pizza would not be pizza without tomato sauce, yet when we think of tomato sauce we think of Italians. Tomatoes came from the New World, yet we don?t think of it like that. Another instance is potatoes. We talk about the Irish potato, but potato came from the Andes.?

You can feast your eyes on the exhibit weekdays between eight-thirty and four.

Kendra Griffith reporting for News Five.

The exhibit runs through the end of December.

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