You might know the actor Zac Efron from the popular teen franchise High School Musical, but get ready to see a new, eco-conscious, side with his new Netflix show, Down to Earth.
Efron travels the world discovering the sustainable living practices of other cultures and communities. The quest brought him to Lima, Peru, where he digs into the country’s biodiversity and how genetic engineering affects our food supply.
Efron visits Lima’s International Potato Center, which holds the largest collection of potatoes in the world. Along with learning about the preservation of potato varieties (aimed at fighting world hunger), he also learns about the value of other roots like yacon, and the threats of biopiracy (where other countries, like China, illegally grow Peruvian superfoods like maca).
Efron then visits Virgilio Martinez’s Central, discovering the restaurant’s researched and innovative offerings.
Down to Earth is now available on Netflix.
Peru’s street food is the protagonist of one of the episodes of Street food: Latin America, which will air on Netflix on July 21. The docu-series showcases the street food scene of various regions and countries. The turn has come for the Americas to showcase their wealth of flavors and textures.
Not only will the series highlight important dishes, like Peru’s ceviche and chicharron de mariscos, but also the stories of perseverance and passion from the people who work the market stalls and street carts day in and day out.
Watch the trailer here:
Cover photo: Down to Earth
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