Episode 137: How does the history of pesticide use reveal relationships between ecological, political and social violence in Mexico?
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On this episode, Jayson Maurice Porter (Northwestern University) talks about Mexican ecological history, the tropical histories of medicine, technology and agriculture, Black and Latinx geographies, and how social and political manifestations of violence are intertwined with relationships between people and environment.
What early life experiences gave Jayson his first exposure to different environments food systems, cultures, and ideas about politics, race and class? How does Jayson work with his colleagues to design curriculum that provides students with an awareness of the racial, social and political instruments that mediate how medicine is practiced and food is grown and distributed? By looking at the history of pesticide use, such as the use of arsenic-based herbicides, how can we better understand how the military, public health and agricultural are all intwined in the Mexican states of Guerrero and Sinaloa between 1920–1980?
More broadly speaking, what are the connections between Mexican and American agricultural systems and political developments over the last century? By studying Mexican biodiversity, how does Jayson see the country's food production and environment as a major influence on the culinary world globally? What connections does Jayson draw between his work on impunity, police budgets, resource distribution, a history of violence in Mexico, and what we're seeing this week as the Black Lives Matter calls for justice are happening?
You can find more information in the show notes under the episode on our website.
Check out Jayson's other interview on the Historias podcast, in which he talks about the Green Revolution in Mexico. On Discurso Revista, you can also find Jayson's piece on arsenic use in Mexico and the United States.
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