At Alice and Henry’s farm, it is time to mate the sows. Henry even bought a home pregnancy test for them—it is inserted into the vagina and simply beeps, with maddeningly little explanation, if it judges them to have conceived.
Agricultural patents already cover everything from “low pungency” onions to “brilliant white” cauliflower, and seed companies are scrambling to claim what territory remains. How one group of plant breeders is fighting to keep seeds as part of the commons.
An interview with Kelsey Timmerman, author of Where Am I Eating? (Wiley, 2013), which investigates what the reliance on imported food means for Americans, as well as for the people around the world who produce our food.
Just as a bottle of wine is enhanced by knowledge of its production and provenance, food is enriched by a sustained meditation on the life it once was and a reverence for all the work that brought it to the table.
After his two years of schooling, Eduardo took up the destiny ordained to the people of Pocoboch: growing yucca, squash, tomatoes, chiles, beans, and corn on small plots carved into the jungle. There may not have been much money, but for most of Eduardo’s lifetime, the corn made the town run. And then, simply, it did not.