All posts tagged: food studies

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)

From Ocean to Table: Integrating Marine and Coastal Food Systems into Food Studies

This paper was published in a special edited collection, Cite This, of the Graduate Journal of Food Studies. Click here to read the full paper. It is common to hear and read the phrases “farm to table” or “farm to plate” in food systems discussions and scholarship. Less common, is to encounter “ocean to table” or “ocean to plate.” As scholars, we are aware of the issues that farmers and farmworkers face, but it seems that we often fail to acknowledge coastal and marine food systems’ issues. Why? It could be that those systems seem distant to most of us. Even in Puerto Rico, a Caribbean island and U.S. territory, most scholarship focused on food systems ignores the issues that coastal communities face, especially fisherfolks. Today, given the implications of climate change on coastal areas as well as marine deterioration, researchers and stakeholders are starting to give more attention to coastal communities and marine ecosystems. If researchers and stakeholders want to get involved with fisherfolks to develop solutions for the problems that they face, it is imperative to understand the dynamics …

Pitorro con forma de libro

¿Cuándo fue la primera vez que me di un palo de pitorro? Estoy 100% seguro que fue en alguna fiesta de Navidad. Esa bebida puertorriqueña es esencial para nuestras fiestas y mucho más para nuestra identidad nacional. Recuerdo cuando mi tía me contaba cómo su abuelo, quien confeccionaba la bebida y la fermentaba en cocos enterrados, le daba un vasito pa’ probar cuando joven. ¿Cómo un producto que se bebe, que es ilegal producir y vender, es parte de lo que llamamos ser puertorriqueño/a? ¿Cómo a través de un producto se puede contar una parte de la historia de lo que es ser de Puerto Rico? Y más curioso aún, ¿qué hace que una bebida, en este caso Pitorro, sea auténtica? Luis Trelles (San Juan, 1977), periodista, contador de historias y cineasta, contesta estas y otras preguntas en su crónica Metiendo caña (Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, 2016).