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Mexico Food Systems Tour

Mexico Tour 2018

Experience the Real Mexico

Join the ALES Mexico Tour with Dr. Sven Anders! This co-curricular tour customized to your academic program and interests will give you the opportunity to explore the themes of agriculture, food, environment, food culture and social life in Mexico. You will travel to the city of Guadalajara and places throughout the state of Jalisco to experience farms, food processors and retail businesses plus many places of heritage, social life and Mexican food culture.

The tour will offer you with many opportunities to connect your classroom knowledge to real-world issues and the people engaged in them, adding international context that is significant to Alberta and Canada. Site visits and time for discussion will give you a chance to identify and better understand the complexities and challenges of managing agriculture and food businesses in a rapidly changing environment and social conditions very different from Canadian standards.

Daily interactions with different range of people ranging from entrepreneurs to managers, workers and students like yourself will allow you ask questions, bounce of ideas and have conversations about the many differences that exist between Mexico and Canada and and many common issues we share.

Tour highlights include:

  • National Center of Genetic Resources for the preservation of genetic biodiversity. Let’s talk about the challenge of losing species, habitats and what that means for our future food security.
  • Pick your own raspberries and blueberries while learning about Mexican berry and fruit production and exports to Canada.
  • Where do all the avocados come from? Visit avocado orchards, a top-notch packaging facility and learn why avocado oil is really good for you.
  • Experience Mexican tropical fruits production and trade. How about a mango eating competition right on the grounds of Guadalajara’s food wholesale market?

Get involved and help design this years trip based on activities that are relevant to your studies and interests.

Date: April 28th - May 6th, 2018 Approximate
Cost: $2950.00 ALES students will additionally be eligible for the Scotiabank Grant up to $1000 to fund the trip. This price include airfare, accommodation, meals and drinks, and on the ground transportation in Mexico.

Learn more by emailing Sven.Anders@ualberta.ca 

 

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