SUSTAINABLE FARMING: THE MAYA MILPA CYCLE

The world’s tropical forests are in trouble. The Maya, however, received everything they needed from the jungle’s bounty and developed a highly sustainable system of agriculture.

True/False

Food for thought

When the Spanish conquistadors arrived in the Yucatan Peninsula, they introduced European-style monoculture (planting large fields with a single crop plant). Do you think this style of agriculture is better or worse for the area’s biodiversity? Discuss why or why not.