Nicaragua - Poisonous Spray
Nicaragua - Poisonous Spray (Grace Gonzalez)
Today Latin America exports more bananas globally than any other region in the world. But like other crops, it’s vulnerable to disease and is no stranger to pesticides. Nemagon, a pesticide sprayed on plantations in Nicaragua for decades, continues to cause controversy and alleged illness after being banned. Northern Nicaragua was once abundant with agricultural wealth. But locals say that changed when a pesticide began to be sprayed on fields and adversely affected worker’s health. They say it’s still causing problems today.
Game Changer - Antonio Sanchez (Lisa Hagen)
Mexico has a rich history and vibrant culture dating back thousands of years. There's still evidence of its earliest civilizations in various parts of the country and within its indigenous communities. Some 16,000 people consider themselves indigenous but less than half of them can speak an indigenous language. A group of students in the southern state of Oaxaca want to keep their native Zapotec alive. Our Game Changer this week started a group with his cousin and started "rapping" in Zapotec to appeal to the younger generation. Meet Antonio Sanchez.
Top image: Banana plantation. iStock/Daniel Kaesler