Local Food in Puerto Rico Finds Energy in Recovery


There’s no country like mine!! … Puerto Rico and its people are resilient!!
‘There are still produce shortages and power failures. Many farmers, chefs and other producers have not returned. And much of the lush, arable soil remains underused. But Ms. Quiles Deyá and others have rebounded with an even stronger commitment to self-reliance, local food and pride in Puerto Rico itself.’

Repeating Islands

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Two hurricanes slowed a budding effort to reclaim the island’s agricultural and culinary independence. But its chefs, farmers and entrepreneurs are rebuilding.

A report by Julia Moskin for The New York Times.

Before Hurricanes Irma and Maria plowed through Puerto Rico in late 2017, Natalia Quiles Deyá was a full-time lawyer with a new hobby: growing papayas and root vegetables on land she rented in the island’s green, fertile interior.

But once the storms passed and the extraordinary level of devastation became clear, Ms. Quiles Deyá, 32, decided to quit the law and participate in regrowing the island — from the ground up.

“My father used to say that agriculture is the heart of every country,” she said. “I saw that the island needed something big to make a difference.”

After the storms, Natalia Quiles Deyá decided to quit her job as a lawyer in order to grow fruit…

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I'm originally from Puerto Rico. I was born in Santurce and raised in Rio Piedras. Have lived in Florida since 1999. I have a doctorate degree in Medicine; completed in 1976. My Internal Medicine specialty was completed in 1979. Worked for Puerto Rico's health system until 1985. At this time, I'm happily retired after working for the federal government for almost 28yrs. I want to offer any knowledge that I have to anyone "out there" who is interested. My views are liberal in almost every sense. My knowledge is "eclectic" - a bit of everything. Music and reading are my passion. Blogging has also become a very interesting endeavor. Metaphysical topics attract me. I'm interested in news reporting human issues like injustice, discrimination and abuse - the "wrongly" affected. My intention is to bring this knowledge to an understandable level and to help anyone in need. I'm open to questions and will answer them to the best of my ability. Currently working on an enterprise whose main mission will be to bring peoples of all walks of life together. To be one .... since we ALL are ONE!! The future looks bright and promising!!!

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