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Life & Thyme Post: The Tradition Issue

Observing tradition and its many forms has been a challenge in 2020, but in the latest issue of Life & Thyme Post, we document individuals and communities around the globe that are using this moment of disruption—to evaluate old customs due for a change, to establish new, more sustainable ones for the future—proving that the most important tradition we have as humans, is to pass on our experience to others.

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The World and What We Eat

The World and What We Eat

The complexities of climate change require an educated understanding of individual ingredients, their contribution, and how we can do better.

Rooftop Oases Nourish Body and Mind in Urban Egypt

Rooftop Oases Nourish Body and Mind in Urban Egypt

A practice of rearing poultry and livestock on rooftops has helped sustain families in crowded urban areas for generations.

How Cassava Bread Defied an Empire

How Cassava Bread Defied an Empire

On the Honduran island of Roatán, a cultural center preserves baking traditions of an exiled people.

Argentina and the Problem of Feeding the Global Demand for Beef

Argentina and the Problem of Feeding the Global Demand for Beef

Confronted with effects of the climate crisis, Argentina grapples with its deep history as a global beef producer.

Black Food Got Our Dishes Evicted

Black Food Got Our Dishes Evicted

In this personal reflection, writer Ray Mwareya shares how Black dishes carried by immigrants from Africa sometimes invite racial hostility.

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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

Diaspora Co.’s Vision for the Spice Trade’s Future

Diaspora Co. prioritizes transparency, equity and sustainability while providing fresh, high-quality spices.

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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