Pixore, in the Northeast region of Brazil, is a community of about 300 people scattered over a rock-strewn plateau about three and half hours inland from the City of Natal, the capital city of the State of Rio Grande do Norte. Like Pixore, similar communities in the area face extremely dry conditions most of the year. Most families have few domestic animals, which if it does not rain, they must feed the fibrous core of a certain type of cactus. Some years, people may also have to supplement their diet with various types of cactus. This is the Sertão where it rains from January to March, if it does at all. Here, cactus of many varieties provide most of the greenery in the landscape, an area k