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A Symbiosis Imperiled
Millions of acres of monoculture Agave tequiliana. A worm in a bottle. $15 for a liter of tequila or mezcal. Domesticated agave long abandoned in what was once a thriving field. These are the hallmarko of a story gone awry. In recent centuries, the cohesives and reciprocal nature of the human-agave relationship began to slip. Fields once tended for generations were left isolated as Native peoples were killed, physicaly relocated, or otherwise disenfranchised. A shift in distillate production that increased quantityt and profits created a rift from small-scale artisenal models to mass production, duffisied, and artifically flavored tequila products based on a house of card of inbred monocultures. Yet, the heartbeat of the symbiotic relationship ticks loud and has thousands of champions and masses of supporters. Learn how the choices made by each of us can and will shape the future of agave culture in way that honors the diversity that makes it great.

Apr 14, 2021 06:00 PM in Arizona

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