Friday, January 20, 2006

My new keychain

January 12

I have a Department of Homeland Security keychain.
Armando Goncalvez from U.S Customs and Border Protection gave it to me as we ate breakfast of delicious pineapple, kiwi and cantaloupe and probably the best papayas I've ever had. The strawberries were a little crunchy.
We were at Del Campo, another produce packer. This one's shtick seemed to be security, and we were all issued badges. They told us that they were on their way to becoming the first produce company on foreign soil to be certified by CTPAT — the US-sponsored Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism.
The Leyson family's influence seemed to be expanding as eggplant was on the breakfast menu, stuffed with chicken. We also had braised beef and cheese-stuffed omelets.
Armando said a weak link in food security came when produce was switched from one shipper to the next.

I think we visited a thousand packing plants today, but maybe it was just two. They're, you know, similar.
After learning about different substrates for hydroponic tomatoes, different greenhouse designs, using bumblebees for pollination, and how attractive produce can be after a nice waxing, we had a late lunch outdoors on a sort of cliff overlooking the seashore.
It was a simple affair: tostadas of shrimp ceviche and grilled robalo, a type of red snapper, spread with oregano-spiked mayonnaise. That was accompanied by steamed corn and rice, tomato-onion-olive sauté, pico de gallo and a bit of flank steak.
The topic of organic food came up. Apparently there is now an organic supermarket in Mexico City, called Aires de Campo.

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