Thursday, December 22, 2022

Spice of Life (clip) / Cachemira: El valor de una especia (extracto) - COUNTER SPACE (VICE/MUNCHIES)

“Since global warming, we've been facing a great loss. Before, we had rain during our times of need. But since that rain disappeared, we've been badly affected.” (Mohammad Yusuf, saffron farmer)

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«Por el calentamiento global hemos sufrido grandes pérdidas. Antes teníamos la lluvia que necesitábamos. Pero desde que dejó de llover nos hemos visto muy afectados». (Mohammad Yusuf, productor de azafrán)


(This is only a clip from the video original created for subtitling and educational purposes /
Este es solo un extracto del video original creado para ser traducido y servir un propósito educativo)

Context: 
Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world. Its cultivation and harvesting are very laborious and about 250,000 flowers are needed to obtain one kilogram of pure saffron. A very high-quality saffron is grown in Kashmir, which is also a key ingredient in the traditional cuisine of the region, as well as in the rest of India, where it is used as a condiment, medicine or dye. However, the current political instability in the Kashmir region, the confinement due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the effects of global warming are impacting negatively the cultivation of saffron in this region and threatens the future of the production of this spice for the thousands of families that have depended on it for generations.

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Contexto: 
El azafrán es la especia más cara del mundo. Su cultivo y recolección son muy laboriosos y se necesitan unas 250.000 de flores para obtener un kilo de azafrán puro. En Cachemira se cultiva un azafrán de muy alta calidad, que es además un ingrediente clave en la cocina tradicional de la región, así como en el resto de India, donde se utiliza como condimento, fármaco o tinte. Sin embargo, la actual inestabilidad política que se vive en la región de Cachemira, el confinamiento por la pandemia del COVID-19 y los efectos del calentamiento global están impactando negativamente el cultivo del azafrán en esta región y amenaza el futuro de la producción de esta especia para las miles de familias que han dependido de ella por generaciones.

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