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Life & Thyme Post: The History Issue

By opening an inquiry into our global history, we can see the reverberations of the past on the present, and arguably, the future as well. The stories in this issue center around the way in which food has been used as a tool of oppression, revolution and even hope. Now shipping to Life & Thyme members.

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Rice, a Staple Food in Nigeria, Is Fast Becoming a Luxury Item

Rice, a Staple Food in Nigeria, Is Fast Becoming a Luxury Item

Rice, a staple meal in Nigeria, has gradually become a luxury item as government policy continues to affect the price and distribution of this food item.

Across the Americas, the Fight To Defend Native Corn

Across the Americas, the Fight To Defend Native Corn

Across the Americas, farmers, cooks and citizens work to save the continent’s most important crop.

Stalin’s Ghosted Grain and the Surprising American Roots of Fast Food in Russia

Stalin’s Ghosted Grain and the Surprising American Roots of Fast Food in Russia

In the 1930s, Soviet Union leader Joseph Stalin used food as a tool to define and control a culture, with surprising influence from the States.

Acoma Blue Corn Restored To Its Community of Origin

Acoma Blue Corn Restored To Its Community of Origin

The restoration of Acoma blue corn to its community of origin represents a hopeful example of how seed rematriation can improve Indigenous foodways.

Restoring Ancestral Seeds To Indigenous Communities

Restoring Ancestral Seeds To Indigenous Communities

Through the process of seed rematriation, Indigenous communities restore relationships with their ancestral seeds.

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Meher Mirza

Following Naan Through Asia

Regardless of where it travels, the flatbread known in Indian cuisine as naan shares its gastronomic inheritance with several countries in Asia.

Stef Ferrari

Plenty: A Short Story

In the not-so-distant future, food is a source of memory, survival, and human connection in this speculative fiction short story.

Samanta Helou Hernandez

Bertha Gonzalez Brings Friends to Celebrate Ten Years of Tequila

In Mexico, Bertha Gonzalez commemorates the tenth anniversary of her tequila brand, Casa Dragones, with some of the country’s most notable culinary women.

Ferron Salniker

How Immigration and Trade Policy Have Shaped U.S. Agriculture

A history of immigration, trade and discriminatory economic policies have made U.S. farms dependent on exploitable labor mostly by Latinx immigrants.

Elena Valeriote

Heirloom Beans: From Our Ancestors, For Our Descendants

Rancho Gordo establishes stable relationships with heirloom bean farmers and eaters, demonstrating a holistic approach to sustainability that preserves the diversity of the beans and the cultural traditions of the people who grow them.

Oren Peleg

Coffee in Crisis, Part Two: The Cost of our Morning Cup

Combined with the effects of climate change, a pricing crisis creates an uncertain future for specialty coffee.

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