Corn Meets Maize: Food Movements and Markets in Mexico

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2013 - Social Science - 189 pages
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This compelling book explores the intimate connections between people and plants, agriculture and cooking, and the practical work of building local food networks and transnational social movements. Lauren E. Baker uses corn and maize to consider central debates about food security and food sovereignty, biodiversity and biotechnology, culture and nature, as well as globalization and local responses, in Mexico and beyond. For the author, corn symbolizes the commoditization of agriculture and the cultural, spiritual, ecological and economic separation of people from growing, cooking, and sharing food. Conversely, maize represents emerging food movements that address contemporary health, environmental, and economic imperatives while rooted in agricultural and culinary traditions. The meeting of corn and maize reveals the challenge of, and possibilities for, reclaiming food from its commodity status in the global context of financial turmoil, food crises, and climate change.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Why Food? Why Corn and Maize?
1
Maize in Mexico
29
Chapter 3 Nuestro Maíz
73
Chapter 4 Itanoní Tortillería
99
Chapter 5 The Michoacán Centre for Agribusiness
131
Chapter 6 Biocultural Agrifood Relations
147
References
167
Index
183
About the Author
189
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Lauren E. Baker is the coordinator of the Toronto Food Policy Council at Toronto Public Health. She teaches at the University of Toronto and is a research associate with the Centre for Studies in Food Security at Ryerson University.

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