Category: From Chocolate to Potatoes

Cacao Biology

Cacao, a tree whose seeds people use to make chocolate, has long been a way for people to understand the world. For pre- Columbian Mesoamericans, cacao linked people to each other, the plants, animals and places around them, and to the divine, the environment seen…

Fungi and Forests

Where we live, where we come from and the organisms that surround us shape our culture. What we eat or do not eat often hints at our deepest ancestral roots. The peoples of the…

Agrobiodiversity as Jazz Improvisation

Yellow and purple maize, a multitude of assorted beans, sculptural manioc and a plethora of potatoes are a vivid illustration of the biodiversity of foods in the open-air markets of Latin America. Even in the supermarket…


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