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Colored Heirloom Corn as a Public Good: The Case of Tlaxcala, Mexico

Marisol Velázquez-Salazar, Germán Scalzo and Carmen Byker Shanks
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Marisol Velázquez-Salazar: Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales, Universidad Panamericana, Augusto Rodin 498, Ciudad de México 03920, Mexico
Germán Scalzo: Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales, Universidad Panamericana, Augusto Rodin 498, Ciudad de México 03920, Mexico
Carmen Byker Shanks: Department of Health and Human Development, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717, USA

Sustainability, 2021, vol. 13, issue 3, 1-16

Abstract: Valorization of territories with diverse cultures and heritage has multiplied in recent years. This study analyzes the case of colored heirloom corn in Tlaxcala, Mexico, as a potential public good associated with the region’s biocultural heritage. The analysis conducted herein relies on a wide range of literature from relevant theory, including Geographical Indications, Global Value Chains, Community-Based Entrepreneurship, Public Goods, and Sustainable Development, in order to employ case study methodology. We leverage a novel approach to analyze the heirloom corn chain and its publicness. This chain reveals its status as a potential public good that clearly influences biocultural heritage, which has been preserved by several generations. To preserve colored heirloom corn in Tlaxcala, Mexico, a development strategy is needed that links actors and resources, involves the public sector, and furthers expansion of the private sector.

Keywords: biodiversity; colored heirloom corn; community-based enterprise; public goods; sustainable development; value chain (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O13 Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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