The National Agricultural Library is hosting a three-part webinar series that will highlight global food staples and the intersections of global cuisines with USDA research, social sciences, and history. The series will focus on maize and corn and its past, present, and future role in food, culture, and society. Key areas of focus for the series will be sustainability, environmental justice, social justice, and nutrition security.
The events were live-streamed and captioned.
May 19, 2022. Zea mays L.: An Introduction to the History and Culture of Corn and Maize
Explore the history of maize domestication, its origin, spread, diversification, and culture. Learn about current research efforts to address the challenges of climate change on maize and corn production. Gather insights from a seed preservationist who will share her Indigenous knowledge and describe the rematriation of seed sovereignty. Identify ways that Indigenous and Western knowledge systems can partner and benefit from each other.
July 26, 2022. A Taste for Maize: More than Popcorn & Corn on the Cob!
Celebrate the gastronomic experience and diverse cultural heritage of maize. Join our chefs as they conduct recipe demonstrations and share their culinary knowledge.
August 9, 2022. What Does the Future Hold for Corn and Maize?
Learn about the influence of corn and maize on public health and society. Hear perspectives on food security, environmental impact, community resilience, and a vision for the future.