Image 1 of 1
C26A1428.jpg
Garbage and plastic waste in a household backyard within the village of Kunché, Yucatán, Mexico on May 25, 2023. The few shops in the village only sell heavily packaged processed foods and with no waste disposal service available in this remote area, residents often end up heaping plastic wrapping on their disused milpas and burning it. Mestiza de Indias offers employment that allows farmers to stay in the village and continue farming rather than leaving to work in the tourist resorts of the Riviera Maya. Mestizas de Indias is a 544-acre regenerative farm located in the middle of the Yucatán jungle and founded by Spaniard Gonzalo Samaranch Granados in 2015. This agriculture project preserves Indigenous farming traditions and heirloom crops that are native to the region, while aiming to combat the harmful effects of Mexico’s agrochemical industry. It also offers the local Mayan community access to healthy food and much-needed jobs. Photograph by Bénédicte Desrus