Tuesday, April 06, 2004

A short history of farming in Latin America:
Hard as it is to believe, most countries in the region are worse off in terms of food security than they were 40 years ago.
Note that "food security" appears to mean "food sovereignty" here, not necessarily "enough food for everyone." [See also their intereview with Hope Shand]

The origin of corn:

[Mary] Eubanks... has developed evidence that modern corn, scientific name Zea mays, did not evolve solely from a Central American grass known as teosinte -- traditionally the most widely held theory. Rather, her experiments clearly demonstrate that corn arose from a serendipitously viable cross between teosinte and gamagrass [Tripsacum].

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