Indigenous crops to provide food security in the dry American Southwest

The plight of Native people losing their way of life, including their agricultural know-how, and adopting the cheap diet provided by the food industry, is a well-documented story. The debilitating diabetes epidemic that afflicts these communities compounds poverty and food insecurity. Rebuilding the connection between the people and their ancestral land through revitalizing local, desert-tolerant, traditional crops, is precisely what two Southern Arizonan non-profit organizations, Native Seeds/SEARCH and Tohono O’odham Community Action, have been ceaselessly working towards, with encouraging results. Here is a fascinating account of their journey.

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