Mexico Rocks! … again.
Simple native farmers in the mountains of Oaxaca have grown centuries of 16-foot-tall cornstalks on very poor mountain slope soils. … How? … Illiterate-but-clever native Mexicans have been quietly developing & cultivating a very special one-of-a-kind type of corn that fixes nitrogen, making their own fertilizer.
Just like legumes (think soybeans) which have trapped special nitrogen-fixing bacteria into their roots, this native Mexican corn that houses nitrogen-fixing bacteria, appears ready to transform the USA’s biggest crop.
Native Mexican’s special corn is poised to change USA’s current nitrogen fertilizer-addicted crop, because the US crop slowly ruins soils. Instead, the native Mexican’s corn includes special slimy roots that house special symbiotic nitrogen-fixing bacteria. This special partnership allows the native’s special Mexican corn to grow in poor soils that have low nutrient levels.
Researchers have shown that the Mexican corn gets up to 82% of the nitrogen it needs from its partnership with special bacteria
… instead of the USA’s corn that steadily & seriously depletes & degrades millions of acres of our soil.
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