Chinampas: Aztec-style coastal protection being deployed in Mexico’s Veracruz

Famers in Mexico’s Veracruz have cleared large areas of mangroves in recent years that used to protect the coast, making the region defenseless against storms. Now an ancient Aztec invention known as Chinampas – artificial islands made from mud and reeds – could save the area. Local environmental group, Pro Natura Sur hopes planting mangroves on the chinampas will help revive the area’s old ecosystem. … Continue reading Chinampas: Aztec-style coastal protection being deployed in Mexico’s Veracruz

The race to rescue Mexico’s ancient floating farms, chinampas

Chinampas are floating farms whose history pre-dates the Aztecs even. Early Mesoamericans built the floating farms, which provided fertile land for crops, near modern-day Mexico City. Xochimilco, on the far southern edge of Mexico City, is best-known as the “Mexican Venice” for its canals and brightly colored boats where locals and tourists gather. It is also home to the remaining chinampas. To this day, the … Continue reading The race to rescue Mexico’s ancient floating farms, chinampas