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Propaganda By The Seed

Sep 1, 2022

In this episode we talk with Natalie G. Mueller about the Eastern Agricultural Complex. The EAC was a group of plants independently domesticated by Indigenous people of Eastern Turtle Island (aka North America) starting 7,000-8,000 years ago. Some of these plants, like the Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) we still know and love, but others are no longer commonly cultivated and are generally unfamiliar, like Sumpweed (Iva annua). Natalie mentions some of these resources in the interview: Lost Crops Grower’s Guides , Her paper on the differences between domestication/breeding/GMO work and Gayle’s paper on evidence of Sumpweed cultivation in the 1500s