Farming for Biodiversity

Red Tsiri

Entry Overview

Traditional agriculture in the Lake Patzcuaro region has been increasingly changing towards industrial agriculture, slowly replacing native heirloom maize races with hybrid maize, and changing traditional ways of bio-diverse cultivation known as milpa (an association of maize, beans and squash) towards intensive monoculture that degrades land and social tissue. The work of Red Tsiri (Tsiri meaning maize in Purepecha language) represents a noble effort to preserve these native maize races and traditional practices. It is a network of traditional maize farmers and women that transform the maize into traditional products that are commercialized in the region. With more than 20 farmers and women, it is one of the most representative initiatives in the area aimed towards the preservation of bio-diverse agricultural practices and traditions.

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