What do trade policies and tostadas have in common?

Black bean tostada

More than you may think, as my Southern California Public Radio blogging colleague Leslie Berestein Rojas noted in her post “On Mexican Food, Farmers and NAFTA.”

According to a top chef, the North American Free Trade Agreement has “decimated”  Mexican agriculture — which is also endangering its rich and sophisticated culinary traditions. Yes, sophisticated. Just because you don’t know much more than tacos and beans doesn’t mean there’s not more to know.

As Leslie notes, UNESCO has designated Mexican food as having value as a cultural heritage. Let’s hope globalization doesn’t just turn that into Taco Time.

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Tom Paulson

Tom Paulson is founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere. Prior to operating this online news site, he reported on science,  medicine, health policy, aid and development for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Contact him at tom[at]humanosphere.org or follow him on Twitter @tompaulson.