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Decolonizing the Rhizosphere and Gut Microbiomes: Indigenous Agroecology, Heritage Cuisine, and Community Health

Wednesday, October 9, 4:00-5:30pm, Memorial Union 109

Dr. Peña will discuss how food sovereignty and indigenous agroecology are pathways to the recovery of the health of the soil and the community. Drawing from his own work as a biodynamic farmer, he will discuss the history of indigenous soil knowledge and how these practices affect soil health and the nutrient density and quality of native crops. Decolonizing the root zone (rhizosphere) involves the resurgence of indigenous farming practices. Decolonizing the gut microbiome involves a commitment to care for soil and the self by eating more like our ancestors.


Indigenizing the Anthropology of Food: Connecting Dirt to Gut and Body to Spirit

Friday, October 11, 2019, 12-1pm, Learning Innovation Center 268

Dr. Devon Peña will give this talk as part of the Anthropology Lecture Series.