Nearly nine million people live [in Mexico City] and they have got to get around. That means lots of cars, lots of traffic and lots of air pollution. So the city has begun a major makeover, starting a bike sharing system, dedicated bus lanes and parking meters.
“Mexico, Land of Amaranth,” is the name Delano chose for the non-profit she founded to help impoverished women grow amaranth in small kitchen gardens.
Once as fundamental to Central and South American diets as corn and beans, amaranth virtually disappeared after the Spanish banned it because of its use in Aztec human sacrifice rituals. Now there are efforts to bring it back as a staple in Mexico, for its both superior nutritional qualities and its resistance to the pressures of a changing climate.
Each day is a risk to the farm. In fact, that’s why some people have left their little fields to do something else, because the fields aren’t profitable anymore.
When the Spaniards came, they didn’t like the rituals that the Aztecs were making with amaranth and so they decided to abolish the cultivation of amaranth. Even Hernan Cortes said that he would cut the hands of those who planted it. So amaranth was lost.
Stepping up Pressure on Mexican Officials to Find the Disappeared
Tens of thousands of people have disappeared in the last six years of Mexico’s drug war. Some may have been abducted by criminals with ties to the drug cartels, while others were reportedly detained by authorities and never seen again. In any case, their families say the government hasn’t done enough to find the missing.
For years, families on both sides of the border have lived apart, with Mexicans in the US without papers afraid of visiting home and then being unable to cross back. But new laws could change this.
From the public radio collaboration Fronteras Desk, Jude Joffe-Block reports from Mexico about families hoping for long-awaited reunions.
Friendship and love have no border.