Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is back in her community garden.
She made this video.
First of all, composting is not hard. It is literally letting organic matter rot in a pile. I can get a community banning it because it can smell, but I don’t get how “not having the pickups” makes it hard.
Ignoring that ridiculousness for a bit, I wanted to focus on her idea of culturally familiar agriculture.
This is the woke Social Justice version of Lysenkoism.
Lysenkoism was a pseudoscientific idea promoted in Stalinist Russia regarding agriculture that resulted in mass starvation and the political imprisonment of actual agronomists.
She is from New York City, representing the 14th district of New York, which is in the Bronx.
Yuca, which I am very familiar with as a Latin American dish growing up in Miami, is the common Latin American name for the root of the Cassava plant.
Cassava is a tropical or sub-tropical plant. The leading nations of the world for Cassava production are near equatorial, Nigeria, Brazil, Thailand, Indonesia, which are all between 5 and 15 degrees latitude north or south.
New York City is at 40 degrees north latitude. It is far from a tropical climate.
Cauliflower is a member of the Brassica family, which includes mustard and cabbage. These are native to central Europe and the northern Mediterranean, which is between 40 and 50 degrees north latitude.
Cassava takes about nine months to be ready for harvest but dies in frost and stops growing at about 50 degrees Fahrenheit. So growing Cassava in a northern climate which is frost prone is difficult and will not yield much at harvest time.
Cauliflower is an annual plant with a much faster time from planting to harvest, at about 10-14 weeks.
Fried Yuca (Yuca Frita) is culturally significant to her people while cauliflower is not. So rather than impose your racists, colonial, white European vegetable on her because it readily grows in the climate of New York. Her people are going to have to starve on a paltry, authentic Yuca harvest.
Also, and I just want to comment here. When she says “a lot of us are one or two generations of living off the land” and so are “naturally attuned to live in an environmentally conscious way” that is nothing but racist bullshit.
Just because her grandfather had a farm in Puerto Rico doesn’t mean she knows anything more about agriculture than any other person who grew up in the concrete jungle of NYC, and she seems to know a lot less.
Also, the idea that “communities of color” are naturally attuned to live in an environmentally conscious way” is just some woke version of the noble savage stereotype.
There are a lot of white farmers in South Dakota, Indiana, Nebraska, Illinois, and Alabama, that I know who are a lot more connected to living off the land than she is.
When she gets into the part about white people resisting Plantains and Yuca, she shows her ignorance and negative stereotyping of white people.
Yuca is like a potato. Don’t eat it raw or drink the water you cook it in (it’s poisonous).
Does she think we’re going to stare at these items like we don’t know how to work a cookbook and can’t eat anything that doesn’t contain mayonnaise? Also, what does it say about “people of color” that they can’t learn to eat cauliflower?
This is just a disgusting mess of ignorance and prejudice.
It all revolves around the reality that she doesn’t have the foggiest understanding of agriculture or what grows where.
European cultural foods are the product of northern climate plants and Latin American cultural foods are the product of tropical climate plants.
Thousands of years of trade has diversified cultural palates, but German’s don’t eat Yuca because they are racist. It’s because it doesn’t grow there.
In her push to be culturally sensitive in agriculture, she is going to starve us all to death.