Oaxaca Mural Documents Struggle to Defend Native Corn
Inauguration celebrates Milpa culture, Supreme Court decision banning cultivation of transgenic corn in Mexico
In a noisy entrance to one of the oldest markets in Oaxaca City, not far from one of the sites where corn culture originated 9,000 years ago, muralist Mariel García stood on a scaffold in the hot sun for three weeks and painted her heart out. The mural she was creating, more than a year […]
The Plot Thickens in Mexico's Glyphosate War
Presidential decree for a gradual withdrawal of the possible carcinogen and prohibition of GM corn comes under attack.
Three of the greatest battles that humanity is fighting are: The Covid-19 pandemic; The climate crisis, which increasingly threatens the survival of the species; and Gigantic areas of GM soy, corn, cotton and glyphosate, the poison that accompanies them, planted in blood and fire by six powerful agri-food corporations. To give the reader an idea, here is […]
Protecting our Guardians in Oaxaca
Celebrating and honoring Native Corn and Indigenous Defenders of Earth’s Biodiversity
It was an unusual Calenda (traditional procession) even for Oaxaca, a city used to these colorful, musical and boisterous parades often led by giant puppets (monos) and a marching band for weddings, quinceañeras, and religious observances. This specific Calenda was dedicated to the protection of the guardians of native corn, to defenders of ecological diversity, […]
Milpa in Mexico: Defending a Way of Life
UniTierra Founder Gustavo Esteva on the Defense of the Corn
Defending the native corn is a matter of life or death. To say that we are a people of corn is not a pretty metaphor, but rather, it is the state of things. Our life is associated with corn, and not just as a source of food. It defines a way of life and an affirmation of our relationship with Mother Earth.