This is my translation of my recent column in Puerto Rico’s El Nuevo Día, published on March 19, 2020. Puerto Rican farmers and fisherfolks, beyond safeguarding our natural and agricultural resources, are key agents in strengthening our food security. Sadly, they have not been taken into account during the emergency we are going through. The COVID-19 pandemic should increase our awareness of our vulnerable island food security, and drive us to actualize actions that have a positive impact on our food system.
You can read the full article here. This piece was published in a special issue of the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development titled Indigineous Food Sovereingty in North America. Vol 9 NO B (2019). I acknowledge Vanessa García Polanco for being a great mentor and inviting me to contribute this piece she conceptualized. Abstract: We wonder if food and agriculture will be an emergent theme in reclaiming the Taíno identity, the Indigenous people of the Caribbean. As we consider the emergent movement to decolonize our diets and utilize food as medicine alongside veganism and vegetarianism trends, we wonder how and if food, foodways, and agriculture are or will be tools to decolonize and reclaim the Taíno identity. In this paper, we will explore two perspectives on the possible opportunities and challenges of such movements and how they will look in the Caribbean and its diaspora. Picture: El Yunque Rainforest in Puerto Rico was considered a sacred place by the Taíno people. The photo was taken by Luis Alexis Rodríguez Cruz (2017)
Esta es la versión en español de la columna que me publicó la revista Science. La puedes acceder aquí. Fue publicada el 29 de agosto de 2019. Estaba solo en mi cuarto, pegado a la computadora, viendo la marcha y las manifestaciones que se estaban llevando a cabo en el Viejo San Juan. Estaba a casi 3,000km de distancia de mi natal Puerto Rico, donde el Pueblo le exigía la renuncia al gobernador Rosselló. Recuerdo sentir mucho orgullo, pero también rabia hacia mí por no estar allí.
Oprime aquí para leer la versión en español Sol Fantin, Argentinian poet, writes that the problem of time is not that it’s short, but swift. My friends know that I mention that verse all the time. Last August 28, 2018, was my anniversary as a PhD student at the University of Vermont. My intention for doing a PhD stills the same: to become an independent researcher. We must remember that to have a PhD is just that: to have a PhD. So, what do we want to do with that degree? Why we need it? It’s very important to answer those questions before embarking on such a mission. I started my PhD in food systems at UVM very excited, but it hasn’t all been very beautiful.
Luis Alexis Rodriguez Cruz es estudiante doctoral de sistemas agroalimentarios en la Universidad de Vermont. Allí está enfocando sus estudios en la relación entre el cambio climático y la seguridad alimentaria en la escala individual, social e institucional dentro del contexto de países isleños.