|Brian Hockaday is a ethnobotanist at The New York Botanical Garden's Institute of Economic Botany. His research career has focused on the American tropics and his work, from the archeo-botany of the ancient Maya to plant medicine of Latinx migrants in the hyper-urban environment, spans over 1000 years! Brian has spent time living amongst a cacao-growing cooperative on the Costa Rican-Nicaraguan border researching how the pressures of land fragmentation, urban migration, and agricultural tourism inform locals' relationships to the land. He later went on to work firsthand for a single-origin, bean-to-bar chocolate company in California and knows the process of chocolate production through-and-through.|
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