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Women Defenders of Jalisco: Combating Industrial Land Deterioration Through Sustainable Agriculture Led by Women

University of Toronto

Un Salto De Vida, an orchard in El Salto, was created in reaction to the extreme pollution in the Santiago River. Un Salto de Vida uses an agroecological model to grow crops and nurture native species while involving the whole community. Passing down knowledge about sustainable cultivation, health, and the ecosystem of El Salto through women and their role in the community is a crucial part of the attempt to reclaim and defend the territory. This year, students and faculty at ITESO and the University of Toronto will be working together investigating the transmission of knowledge through women in extending traditional polyculture practices, which use more sustainable agricultural practices.