Project Title:

Cultivating Landscapes: Midwestern Farming and Mexican Cornfields


Conference Date: December 4-5, 2014

Conference Title:
"Accounting for Taste: Seventy Years of Americanizing Mexico's Food and Agriculture"

Conference Description:
In 2013, the United Nations announced that Mexico had surpassed the United States as the world's most overweight nation, thanks largely to an explosion in the sugary and processed foods. How did this occur in the homeland of maize, where a century-long experiment in land reform has explicitly sought to keep peasant agriculture and local production alive and well? This conference and its associated public event in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago will explore the history of food and agriculture in Mexico over the seventy years since the Green Revolution began in Western Mexico, to investigate how and why Mexican agricultural production, food consumption, and bodies have converged with those of the United States in general, and the Midwest in particular.

Organizer Information:
Christopher Boyer (History and Latin American and Latino Studies, UIC)
Contact Info: 909 University Hall (MC 198), 601 S. Morgan Street, Chicago, IL 60607
Email: crboyer@uic.edu