Latin America

Where maize, cassava, beans and potatoes come from. #cropsincolor

Latin America is a large region that looms even larger in the history of food. Some of humanity’s most important crops originated here, like maize, cassava, potatoes, beans, tomatoes and chili peppers. All of these remain basic ingredients in Latin American kitchens, but the cuisines are diverse and so are the crops.

Photographer Juan Arredondo sought out the roots of modern maize in Mexico, and found a crop that is still much more than just a commodity. In Colombia, he met cassava farmers fighting to adapt to climate chaos. And he learned how researchers use rice diversity from other parts of the world to keep the plant finely tuned to local landscapes.

Genebanks supported by the Crop Trust in Latin America:

This campaign is made possible by the generous support of DuPont.

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