Sustainable Agriculture in Tapachula, Mexico



While traveling through Mexico to collect raw ingredients for making a chocolate bar from scratch, Andy George connects with a forest engineer who has developed a unique agroforestry system in his back yard. He shows how his diverse forest filled with fruits and vegetables creates a sustainable method of agriculture that is beneficial to both people and the planet.

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Sandwich –
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Thanksgiving Dinner –
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Root Beer Float –
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Today, getting what you need is as easy as a trip to the store. From food to clothing, energy, medicine, and so much more, Andy George will discover what it takes to make everything from scratch. His mission is to understand the complex processes of manufacturing that is often taken for granted and do it all himself. Each week he’s traveling the world to bypass the modern supply chain in order to harvest raw materials straight from the source. Along the way, he’s answering the questions you never thought to ask.

Music by the talented Taylor Lewin

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30 comments

  1. Hey Andy, the last thing you miss from a Agroforestry system is Bees, and in Central and South America it is Native stingless bees, here we keep more than 10 species and work in the whole country making projects with people so they may produce their own honey and other related bee products, If you decide to make videos on how the native stingless bees are managed don't doubt to come and visit!

  2. I don't think there is a Mexican alive that doesn't have at least 1 fruit tree, and a few herbal plants growing in their front yard, back yard, or windowsill.
    My family alone has 2 lime trees, 1 Kumquats tree, 1 cherry tree, pomegranate tree, 1 or 2 nopal (cactus) plants, a small avocado tree thats growing, a peach tree fully grown, a baby apple (braeburn) tree, a bunch of herb plants surrounded by rose bushes lol. Yep, we're pretty Mexican. And this is in a house in L.A. not in Mexico lol.

    *We've also grown pumpkin squash, we planted it two years in a row with both successful harvests. We planted sugar canes for a while, successful harvest also, but they were hard to maintain so we didn't plant them again. We planted strawberries but they didn't really thrive, so we decided to occupy the space for a grape vine, and it's hanging from our apple tree to our peach tree (though not right now) but last harvest was beautifully decorating our backyard.

    ** And we tried growing tomatoes, but we didn't have much good soil left, so where we tried setting up our tomatoes they wouldn't really thrive.

  3. If you're interested in this sort of farming system: It's called Permaculture and it is just about the most sustainable, advanced agricultural technology available to humans.

  4. This is one of the few videos that you just wish it won't end!
    Your videos are a great source of inspiration!

    I wish you good luck with your work!

  5. So many fruits and vegetables all sustained for generations and all empowering each other, so fascinating and so cool. Oh I'd love to go to Mexico and see that!

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