Chicago’s tortillas are better than ever, thanks to Masienda’s heirloom corn from Oaxaca
Source: Chicago Tribune (22 Apr 2019)
Three million subsistence farmers producing heirloom corn in Mexico are protecting biodiversity.
Preserving native maize and culture in Mexico
Indigenous farmers in Oaxaca are custodians of maize biodiversity, growing seeds passed down over generations.
Breaking Ground: Breeder Marcela C. Andrade bolsters maize with hardiness from ancestral races
Traits sought include better resilience under high temperatures, drought conditions or the attacks of rapidly-evolving crop diseases.