While the economy of Puerto Rico had been moving from agriculture to industry, residents of the island started getting back their agricultural roots by focusing on healthy food sources and increasing self-sufficiency.
In fact, between 2012 and 2016, income from farming jumped 25 percent. But then Maria hit, and for the first time in a long time, islanders found themselves with ruined crops, no food, and no way to get any.
Before Hurricane Maria hit, Puerto Rico imported about 85 percent of its food, but since Maria, food imports grew to 95 percent. Secretary of Agriculture Carlos Flores Otero called it the worst agriculture catastrophe in the history of the island.
Brigades of farmer volunteers are restoring the island’s croplands and helping growers rebuild. And many of these farmers are focusing on agroecology, a sustainable approach to farming that uses natural elements to increase yields and reduce costs all without dependence on commercial seeds, fertilizers, or pesticides.
If your home, farm, or business was destroyed in Hurricane Maria and your insurance provider had denied your legitimate damage claims, we can help. All we do is disaster law, and we use our skills and experience to ensure you get the compensation you need and deserve so you can get back to your normal life. Contact us today to learn more.