High value-added plants and Urban Agriculture (Martin)
I would like to share with you my internship and what I am already doing.
During my first weeks of internship I have work on interactions between humans and plants. Studying this topic is called ethnobotany. In order to do that I first read a lot of study, articles, website and also watch a lot of documentaries about migrants and their integration in France. As you may know, cooking is the stronger social link in a lot of culture, people are attached to their culture and changing their eating habits is something very hard (“Certains migrants, pour résister à ces changements, s’accrochent à une habitude culinaire qui leur semble rassurante” Aurélie Brayet). To know where foreign persons are living in Paris, I have done a lot of research on the Parisian demography (during the 20th century and the 21th century). I identified the Parisian districts with the most foreigners: the 13th arrondissement, the 10th arrondissement, the 18th arrondissement and the 19th arrondissement. All of these arrondissements are composed of different foreign communities such as Chinatown (13th), Indian district (10th and 18th), African district (18th) and also the Maghreb district (18th, 19th).
Secondly, I have to meet some migrants, some foreign urban community in Paris and in Ile-de-France to talk about their eating habits and also about the interaction they have with plants. So first, I go to the Cameroonian district to do a about the African plants we can found in Paris and these we can’t find, to evaluate the possibilities of growing these plants in urban agriculture in Paris, Brussels and Berlin (A post will be upload soon to talk about my research project and everything about it).
I met the shopkeeper of Togo Exotique (African grocery store) on Rue Dejean in the 18th arrondissement. You can see her grocery and the African plants he is selling on the photo bellow. I have interviewed the shopkeeper about plants and urban agriculture. I will upload a second post about my survey protocol and the questions I ask to people.