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Decolonizing the Caribbean Diet: Two Perspectives on Possibilities and Challenges

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)

On Not Suffering (Much) in a PhD

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.

Acerca de mí || About me

English version below (in green) ¡Hola! Soy estudiante doctoral en sistemas agroalimentarios en la Universidad de Vermont. Llevo a cabo investigaciones interdisciplinarias, aplicadas y colaborativas, enfocadas en comprender hasta qué punto las interrelaciones dentro del sistema agroalimentario caribeño (ej. políticas públicas, comercio, consumo, etc.) afectan la capacidad adaptativa de agricultores(as) y pescadores(as), dentro del contexto de peligros naturales. Antes de comenzar en la universidad pública de Vermont, culminé una maestría en ciencia y tecnología de alimentos en el Colegio de Mayagüez y un bachillerato en biología en el Recinto de Ponce de la UPR. Mi meta es, más allá de ser parte del acervo científico de mi país, contribuir a las corrientes y futuras conversaciones que propendan a mejorar sistema agroalimentario puertorriqueño y el caribeño. Yo como científico social interdisciplinario Mi disertación doctoral está enfocada en comprender hasta qué nivel un(a) agricultor(a) puertorriqueño(a) puede adaptarse al cambio climático, dentro del contexto sociopolítico de Puerto Rico y la vulnerabilidad a peligros naturales en la región del Caribe. Mi objetivo es comprender cómo el manejo de la …