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A Better Food Future: PhD Researcher and Hopi Farmer

Michael Kotutwa Johnson, a PhD researcher and Hopi traditional farmer
Michael Kotutwa Johnson, a PhD researcher and Hopi traditional farmer, advocates for the restoration of the American Indian food system. "Out of that beautiful things can happen," he said.
Anthony J. Wallace

Food production is responsible for 25% of global greenhouse gas emissions and in the Western United States, 80% of water consumption—but it could be done more sustainably. Michael Kotutwa Johnson is a Hopi traditional farmer, PhD researcher, and opera singer—and he is a proponent of applying Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge (or ITEK) to agriculture. Indigenous people across the world have fine-tuned methods for living sustainably in their ecosystems and those methods hold powerful solutions for our biggest environmental problems.

Anthony J. Wallace