“Despite the high quantity of food grown in rural areas, Guatemala has the highest child malnutrition rate in the Western Hemisphere and the fourth-highest in the world. Most small and large-scale farmers export crops including broccoli and green beans to the United States. Corn is the most affordable staple for the majority of families in the rural highlands of Chimaltenango,” writes journalist Coleen Jose ’12 in “Green Famine.”
Pictured on his family’s farm is José Tacen-Car. The family stopped applying pesticides on their crops nearly a decade ago after experiencing illnesses they say were tied to chemicals in the food.