Mayan farmers in countries like Mexico and Guatemala have been using the ancient practice of ‘la milpa’ for centuries. In ‘la milpa’, farmers plant a variety of plants together (typically corn, squash, beans and chilli) to form a mutually beneficial relationship so each individual plant can flourish thanks to the protection and nutrients of the collective.
NPR went to speak to Mayan farmers in Mexico whose crops have been affected by increasingly unpredictable weather patterns due to climate change. The article discusses the impact of climate change on traditional farming practices while demonstrating that such practices might also hold the solution to addressing climate change. Read the article here.