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Video: ‘Opening the earth – The Potato King’ – A story about agricultural biodiversity

A poor potato farmer in the Andes is one of the few guardians responsible for sustaining biodiversity critical to humanity. This video tells the story of Julio Hancco 14,600ft above sea level in the Peruvian Andes.

Julio’s humble life contrasts with the global significance of agricultural biodiversity. World famous chefs, international organizations, and experts in the field all played a role in Julio’s rise.

This film contrasts the humble life of a poor Peruvian farmer with the global significance of his traditions.

Opening the Earth strives to uncover hidden strengths of the poor that highlight the mentalities of resilience and resourcefulness that permeate their culture. While the world focuses on helping impoverished communities, this project strives to learn from them. In a world where we need to be conscious of consumption and unsustainable lifestyles we can learn from the poor, says Director Aaron Ebner.

Below we publish a short video where you will find a brief overview of the the film and the project Opening the Earth. This video can be viewed on YouTube here. A longer video can also be viewed on Kickstarter here.

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Lukie Pieterse, Editor and Publisher of Potato News Today

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