Mar 5, 2006, 7:52 PM
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Thanks for the pictures taken at this event.
Re: [Anonimo] Photos of 2º Feria de Maíz Criollo, Pátzcuaro
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Maiz is such a part of Mexican patrimony, I would jump at a chance to attend a feria on the subject.
The corn in your photos is so varied and colorful.
As far as my understanding goes, some Mexicans, including scientists and indigenous people who still view their traditional relationship with corn as important, are concerned about the genetically modified corn varieties 'contaminating' traditional varieties.
Pollen released by genetically modified varieties is carried by wind and or insects, and it is impossible to prevent cross-fertilization.
For better or for worse, much of the commercially produced corn in Canada and the U.S. for the food industry is now genetically modified.
Sustainable agriculture generally supports the view that care should be taken to preserve traditional varieties of seeds especially crops for food so that bio-diversity is maintained and not increasingly limited. That mono-culture and heavy use of pesticides further impact bio-diversity.
I'm coordinating a regional event on that subject this coming weekend.
Grass-roots organization for sustainable agriculture and food security.