The Fight to Save Mexico's Heirloom Corn

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After a federal court lifted a two-year-old ban that had previously prevented biotech companies from planting genetically modified corn in Mexico, a coalition of chefs who call themselves Colectivo Mexicano de Cocina have organized to preserve the country's sixty native varieties of corn. Chef Carlos Salgado of Taco María in Costa Mesa discusses his involvement with protecting this Mexican culinary tradition.

You can taste several varieties of heirloom corn at Taco María, where Salgado nixtamalizes it for tortillas, tostadas and tamales.

Music: "Coyoacan Theme 1" by Calexico