People rarely think of what was agriculture like in this country prior to Columbus. But they do understand that the US economy was primarily dependent on cash crops and enslaved Black people (and then eventually sharecroppers) to cultivate their land. Now, with the current environmental issues the world is facing, these tillers of the land are experiencing circumstances like never before. So on the fifth episode under the theme “Climate Change + COVID-19 + Communities of Color” Lezli is joined by a Black farmer and an Indigenous farmer to discuss how they’ve tackled the impact of COVID-19 and the global climate crisis. These farmers are Dr. Michael Kotuta Johnson, member of the Hopi, and Leonard Diggs, the Director of Operations at Pie Ranch. The three conversed about the indegeous and regenerative farming practices being used to combat climate change, how COVID-19 broke the food distribution chain within America, and strategies to solve the poor industrial farming practices.
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Podcast Team = Lezli Levene Harvell (Host & Executive Producer) / Rez Nemorin (Producer) / Justin Bates (Sound Engineer)