I live in Puerto Rico, where we have to import 85% of our food and corporations like Monsanto use our land to test GMO seeds. I‘m an anti-corporate farmer and I believe small, sustainable farms are the answer to industrial agriculture. Ask me anyt...
Hi! I’m Daniella Rodríguez Besosa, and I’m part of a network of small scale, chemical-free, sustainable farmers based in Puerto Rico. Our collective’s farm was destroyed by Hurricane Maria, but because we have rigorous ecological practices we bounced back quickly. Our farmer-led organization also runs a textile and dye farm in an effort to expand sustainable living beyond just food production. My community is against the presence of agrochemical corporations like Monsanto in Puerto Rico.
Now, similar companies are seeping into the mountains where I live because the climate here is conducive to growing certain seeds. AJ+ featured my farmer friend in the latest episode of "Direct From With Dena Takruri," touching on how Monsanto's operation in Puerto Rico is affecting locals. Ask me anything!
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EDIT: Thanks for all the questions, Reddit! Signing off now.