Run Time: 19:43
Neusa Hildago-Monroy McWilliams, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toledo, spoke on "Organic Agriculture and Indigenous Communities in Mexico."
Organic agriculture is promoted by several international agencies as a means to achieve sustainable rural development by encouraging the development of grass roots organizations based on an agricultural system that is economically and ecologically sustainable. The presentation is based on an ongoing research project in the costal and highlands regions of Chiapas and Oaxaca in Mexico. It is an analysis of the impacts that organic agriculture has had in the process of community organizing and empowering by restoring community pride in their indigenous traditions and culture.
The presentation was part of the Local Food Systems Conference held at the Toledo Hilton. The conference aimed to bring together both academics and practitioners to share their knowledge, experience, and expertise with regard to developing and maintaining local food systems in old industrial regions.