II International Congress of Salt Anthropology in Los Cabos
“Nabor Garcia Cultural Pavilion” is the venue for more than 120 presentations in four days, with free entry to all events and real-time broadcast to the world
“If we look at the alleged risks of consuming salt or fat, there is no supportive consensus in scientific literature. So, I would like to ask first, ‘Is it possible to have an informed government that currently follows science?’ From what I have seen, it is not probable.” (Tim Ferriss)
When this edition of Los Cabos News hits the streets in Baja California Sur, the II International Congress of Salt Anthropology will be over. In the next edition we will comment on the details. Two years ago, on returning from the first congress, Tamara Montalvo and Ramon Ojeda-Maestre of the Center for Integral Studies of Innovation and the Territory, S.C. reported on it, as well as the importance of this mineral in the life of all civilizations, from the beginning. At that time, they announced that a second congress would be held, which was presented from October 12th to 16th in El Pabellon Cultural Nabor Garcia Cultural Center.
The objectives for the event include fostering a knowledge space where university communities, historians, archaeologists, and scientists from diverse branches, ranging from biology to cutting-edge technology can gather. This year more than 120 presenters will be on the program, including experts from all over the world. It is important to note that the whole event was developed with the participation of community members and the speakers are self-financing. Government support only provided the use of the Pavilion facilities.
Claudia Velo’s unconditional support is there, responsible for international and public relations. It will be a weekend where all the community, students, scientists, researchers, teachers and, in general, anyone who has an interest in and/or curiosity about knowing more about this mineral, of which little is known in depth. It is, however, of great importance, since without salt there would be no life, since hyponatremia can be fatal.
The topics presented will deal with salt and its use in: gastronomy, medicine, art, history, the environment, archeology, industry, shamanism-magic-esoterism-witchcraft, technology, health and healing, rights and cases dealing with salt, indigenous culture, tourism, rituals, science, economics, literature, beauty-cosmetics-make-up, cave and rock art, NASA and astronomy, photography, biology, salt heritage, salt in prehistory, saddlery and textiles, geology, cinema, music and art. Likewise, it was reported that the first Encyclopedia of Salt will be created in digital format and will be accessible to everyone through the Internet at www.saluniversalis.com, as well as the log and speeches that are given. On the other hand, given its importance in daily life and the lack of information that circulates publicly, they are planning to create a space for conducting talks, workshops and other activities focused on the children of Los Cabos.
Another option that will be available to anyone interested is the magazine published by the Technological Institute of Higher Studies of Los Cabos (ITES). This is the only scientific journal of its type in the state, and subsequent editions will focus on the historical material from this Congress.
In this way, the mineral and its use, which is of vital importance in our daily life and in the history of mankind, may be more appreciated for all that it provides us with. This includes learning about the different types of salt, since its chemical compounds vary depending on where it is extracted,
The largest and most productive salt mine in the world is located in Baja California Sur, Exportadora de Sal de Guerrero Negro (Guerrero Negro Salt Exporter), but in many parts of the country there are other smaller salt mines where the mineral is produced, whether on a small artisan scale, or industrial production in smaller volumen. In Los Cabos there are at least 73 sites of smaller salt mines that nobody knows about. The most important of these is found in La Ribera, in the Cerro Colorado area.
“The salt of any interesting civilization is its mixture.” (Antonio Tabucchi)