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  • God’s Honey

    Mayan beekeepers believe that the native meliponinae bees were a gift from the god ah muzen cab and a link to the spirit world. For centuries they’ve provided enough honey to make the yucatan peninsula one of the world’s largest producers. But in the past few years, the hives have been disappearing and the dwindling supply of honey has been contaminated by pesticides.
    In 2011, the mexican government began offering subsidies to farmers willing to grow soy, allowing gmo soybeans into the region. The farmers who seized that opportunity were overwhelmingly from the mennonite communities who could afford the necessary amount of land and machinery. Due to it’s affect on the bees and their honey as well as increasing health problems in the region, in 2015, the supreme court banned gmo soy yet the primarily mennonite farmers continue to cultivate it with impunity and are purchasing and deforesting the yucatan’s rainforest at an alarming rate to make room for their crops and endangering the health of mennonites and mayans alike.

  • Tinun, Mexico-November 4th, 2018: A group of beekeepers tending to their hives in the off season while the beas are getting ready to start polinating as flowers are just beginning to bloom. The group is led by Professor Russei Armin Balan (cousin of the recently decesed Anastacio Balan Osalde) who has been certified in a course to apply techniques in producing organic honey. Mayan beekeepers of the Yucatan Peninsula have been grappling with contaminated honey ever since transgenic soy was introduced into the farming of the region. The soy is produced primarily by the continually expanding Mennonite community by a government supported subsidies program. Traces of the soy and glyphaste, the main agrotoxin used to kill off weeds around the resistant soy have been found in the honey which is of organic quality and which the Mayans export to Europe mainly through Germany. The honey which must now be labeled when it contains elements of the soy or toxins is being bought now at a much lower rate. The mennonites are also buying up land from the indigenous communities and cutting down virgin forrest land in order to expand there existing communities and create moer farm land. As a result many bees also disappear, wtih diminishing flowers to polinate. In 2015 the supreme court in Mexico ruled to prohibit the use of transgenic soy in the country, yet soy farmers have continued to plant the modified version and operate with impunity despite the law.
  • Tinun, Mexico-November 2nd, 2018: Beatriz, 18 combing her son André's hair after a bath. Beatriz is a beekeeper and learned from her grandfather Anastacio Balan Osalde who passed away 2 days prior. Mayan beekeepers of the Yucatan Peninsula have been grappling with contaminated honey ever since transgenic soy was introduced into the farming of the region. The soy is produced primarily by the continually expanding Mennonite community by a government supported subsidies program. Traces of the soy and glyphaste, the main agrotoxin used to kill off weeds around the resistant soy have been found in the honey which is of organic quality and which the Mayans export to Europe mainly through Germany. The honey which must now be labeled when it contains elements of the soy or toxins is being bought now at a much lower rate. The mennonites are also buying up land from the indigenous communities and cutting down virgin forrest land in order to expand there existing communities and create moer farm land. As a result many bees also disappear, wtih diminishing flowers to polinate. In 2015 the supreme court in Mexico ruled to prohibit the use of transgenic soy in the country, yet soy farmers have continued to plant the modified version and operate with impunity despite the law.
  • El Temporal Mennonite Camp, Campeche, Mexico-October 27th, 2018: The Ham family looks onto their carbon production in the middle of the forrest, some miles from their house. Klaas has 3 ovens which produce the carbon from wood he chops from the surrounding forrest. He employs 3 Mexican workers to do the majority of the manual labor. He thinks the carbon is then sold in Mexico City. Mayan beekeepers of the Yucatan Peninsula have been grappling with contaminated honey ever since transgenic soy was introduced into the farming of the region. The soy is produced primarily by the continually expanding Mennonite community by a government supported subsidies program. Traces of the soy and glyphaste, the main agrotoxin used to kill off weeds around the resistant soy have been found in the honey which is of organic quality and which the Mayans export to Europe mainly through Germany. The honey which must now be labeled when it contains elements of the soy or toxins is being bought now at a much lower rate. The mennonites are also buying up land from the indigenous communities and cutting down virgin forrest land in order to expand there existing communities and create moer farm land. As a result many bees also disappear, wtih diminishing flowers to polinate. In 2015 the supreme court in Mexico ruled to prohibit the use of transgenic soy in the country, yet soy farmers have continued to plant the modified version and operate with impunity despite the law.
  • Hopelchen, Mexico-November 7th, 2018: Aereal images of soy harvesting. Mayan beekeepers of the Yucatan Peninsula have been grappling with contaminated honey ever since transgenic soy was introduced into the farming of the region. The soy is produced primarily by the continually expanding Mennonite community by a government supported subsidies program. Traces of the soy and glyphaste, the main agrotoxin used to kill off weeds around the resistant soy have been found in the honey which is of organic quality and which the Mayans export to Europe mainly through Germany. The honey which must now be labeled when it contains elements of the soy or toxins is being bought now at a much lower rate. The mennonites are also buying up land from the indigenous communities and cutting down virgin forrest land in order to expand there existing communities and create moer farm land. As a result many bees also disappear, wtih diminishing flowers to polinate. In 2015 the supreme court in Mexico ruled to prohibit the use of transgenic soy in the country, yet soy farmers have continued to plant the modified version and operate with impunity despite the law.
  • Hopelchen, Mexico-October 28th, 2018: A man walks by a cultural mural in center of town depicting beekeepers. Mayan beekeepers of the Yucatan Peninsula have been grappling with contaminated honey ever since transgenic soy was introduced into the farming of the region. The soy is produced primarily by the continually expanding Mennonite community by a government supported subsidies program. Traces of the soy and glyphaste, the main agrotoxin used to kill off weeds around the resistant soy have been found in the honey which is of organic quality and which the Mayans export to Europe mainly through Germany. The honey which must now be labeled when it contains elements of the soy or toxins is being bought now at a much lower rate. The mennonites are also buying up land from the indigenous communities and cutting down virgin forrest land in order to expand there existing communities and create moer farm land. As a result many bees also disappear, wtih diminishing flowers to polinate. In 2015 the supreme court in Mexico ruled to prohibit the use of transgenic soy in the country, yet soy farmers have continued to plant the modified version and operate with impunity despite the law.
  • El Temporal Mennonite Camp, Campeche, Mexico-October 26th, 2018: Mayan beekeepers of the Yucatan Peninsula have been grappling with contaminated honey ever since transgenic soy was introduced into the farming of the region. The soy is produced primarily by the continually expanding Mennonite community by a government supported subsidies program. Traces of the soy and glyphaste, the main agrotoxin used to kill off weeds around the resistant soy have been found in the honey which is of organic quality and which the Mayans export to Europe mainly through Germany. The honey which must now be labeled when it contains elements of the soy or toxins is being bought now at a much lower rate. The mennonites are also buying up land from the indigenous communities and cutting down virgin forrest land in order to expand there existing communities and create moer farm land. As a result many bees also disappear, wtih diminishing flowers to polinate. In 2015 the supreme court in Mexico ruled to prohibit the use of transgenic soy in the country, yet soy farmers have continued to plant the modified version and operate with impunity despite the law.
  • Hopelchen, Campeche, Mexico-October 29th, 2018: A contest for the best Hanal Pixan as it is known in Mayan or Day of the Dead was held to celebrate the Mayan traditions surrounding the holiday. Mayan beekeepers of the Yucatan Peninsula have been grappling with contaminated honey ever since transgenic soy was introduced into the farming of the region. The soy is produced primarily by the continually expanding Mennonite community by a government supported subsidies program. Traces of the soy and glyphaste, the main agrotoxin used to kill off weeds around the resistant soy have been found in the honey which is of organic quality and which the Mayans export to Europe mainly through Germany. The honey which must now be labeled when it contains elements of the soy or toxins is being bought now at a much lower rate. The mennonites are also buying up land from the indigenous communities and cutting down virgin forrest land in order to expand there existing communities and create moer farm land. As a result many bees also disappear, wtih diminishing flowers to polinate. In 2015 the supreme court in Mexico ruled to prohibit the use of transgenic soy in the country, yet soy farmers have continued to plant the modified version and operate with impunity despite the law.
  • Xmaben, Campeche, Mexico-November 8th, 2018: Eugengio with his bees. Eugenio Madero, a young beekeeper struggles to keep his bees away from the soy fields of the neighboring Nuevo Durango Mennonite Camp. He is exploring new areas in the neighboring state of Quintanaroo. The elders of Xmaben, including Eugenio's own fathers recently agreed with the governors of the Nuevo Durango Camp to sell them 4,000 hectors of forest land which belongs to the indigenous community. Mayan beekeepers of the Yucatan Peninsula have been grappling with contaminated honey ever since transgenic soy was introduced into the farming of the region. The soy is produced primarily by the continually expanding Mennonite community by a government supported subsidies program. Traces of the soy and glyphaste, the main agrotoxin used to kill off weeds around the resistant soy have been found in the honey which is of organic quality and which the Mayans export to Europe mainly through Germany. The honey which must now be labeled when it contains elements of the soy or toxins is being bought now at a much lower rate. The mennonites are also buying up land from the indigenous communities and cutting down virgin forrest land in order to expand there existing communities and create moer farm land. As a result many bees also disappear, wtih diminishing flowers to polinate. In 2015 the supreme court in Mexico ruled to prohibit the use of transgenic soy in the country, yet soy farmers have continued to plant the modified version and operate with impunity despite the law.
  • El Temporal Mennonite Camp, Mexico-October 30th, 2018: Ana Ham cleaning the pigs head while the men concentrate on slaughtering the rest. The family gives the head and the interior parts to their Mexican employees as they do not eat those parts. The Ham family slaughtered a 250 Kilo pig at home, something they do only once or twice a year. Some of the meat they sold, some they gave away to family, and the rest they froze to last them for at least 3 months. The Mennonites believe that when pigs are slaughtered during the small moon, the meat is dryer and therefore easier to handle when butchering. Mayan beekeepers of the Yucatan Peninsula have been grappling with contaminated honey ever since transgenic soy was introduced into the farming of the region. The soy is produced primarily by the continually expanding Mennonite community by a government supported subsidies program. Traces of the soy and glyphaste, the main agrotoxin used to kill off weeds around the resistant soy have been found in the honey which is of organic quality and which the Mayans export to Europe mainly through Germany. The honey which must now be labeled when it contains elements of the soy or toxins is being bought now at a much lower rate. The mennonites are also buying up land from the indigenous communities and cutting down virgin forrest land in order to expand there existing communities and create moer farm land. As a result many bees also disappear, wtih diminishing flowers to polinate. In 2015 the supreme court in Mexico ruled to prohibit the use of transgenic soy in the country, yet soy farmers have continued to plant the modified version and operate with impunity despite the law.
  • El Temporal, Campeche, Mexico-October 28th, 2018: Maria Schmitt prepares tortillas from wheat flour. The family used to buy tortillas from Mexican venders who come through the camp and then began also making their own and selling them to Mennonite families. Mayan beekeepers of the Yucatan Peninsula have been grappling with contaminated honey ever since transgenic soy was introduced into the farming of the region. The soy is produced primarily by the continually expanding Mennonite community by a government supported subsidies program. Traces of the soy and glyphaste, the main agrotoxin used to kill off weeds around the resistant soy have been found in the honey which is of organic quality and which the Mayans export to Europe mainly through Germany. The honey which must now be labeled when it contains elements of the soy or toxins is being bought now at a much lower rate. The mennonites are also buying up land from the indigenous communities and cutting down virgin forrest land in order to expand there existing communities and create moer farm land. As a result many bees also disappear, wtih diminishing flowers to polinate. In 2015 the supreme court in Mexico ruled to prohibit the use of transgenic soy in the country, yet soy farmers have continued to plant the modified version and operate with impunity despite the law.
  • Nuevo Durango Mennonite Camp, Campeche, Mexico-November 10, 2018: Peter Peter, 10 riding in his father's soy truck with the seasons soy harvest ready to be weighed and deposited in the silo where his father David Peter works. Mayan beekeepers of the Yucatan Peninsula have been grappling with contaminated honey ever since transgenic soy was introduced into the farming of the region. The soy is produced primarily by the continually expanding Mennonite community by a government supported subsidies program. Traces of the soy and glyphaste, the main agrotoxin used to kill off weeds around the resistant soy have been found in the honey which is of organic quality and which the Mayans export to Europe mainly through Germany. The honey which must now be labeled when it contains elements of the soy or toxins is being bought now at a much lower rate. The mennonites are also buying up land from the indigenous communities and cutting down virgin forrest land in order to expand there existing communities and create moer farm land. As a result many bees also disappear, wtih diminishing flowers to polinate. In 2015 the supreme court in Mexico ruled to prohibit the use of transgenic soy in the country, yet soy farmers have continued to plant the modified version and operate with impunity despite the law.
  • El Temporal Mennonite Camp, Campeche, Mexico-October 27th, 2018: Susana Ham, 6 plays peek a boo with her sisster Aganetta while her brother Franz and sister Helena look on. Mayan beekeepers of the Yucatan Peninsula have been grappling with contaminated honey ever since transgenic soy was introduced into the farming of the region. The soy is produced primarily by the continually expanding Mennonite community by a government supported subsidies program. Traces of the soy and glyphaste, the main agrotoxin used to kill off weeds around the resistant soy have been found in the honey which is of organic quality and which the Mayans export to Europe mainly through Germany. The honey which must now be labeled when it contains elements of the soy or toxins is being bought now at a much lower rate. The mennonites are also buying up land from the indigenous communities and cutting down virgin forrest land in order to expand there existing communities and create moer farm land. As a result many bees also disappear, wtih diminishing flowers to polinate. In 2015 the supreme court in Mexico ruled to prohibit the use of transgenic soy in the country, yet soy farmers have continued to plant the modified version and operate with impunity despite the law.
  • Chives Mennonite Camp, Hecelchakan, Mexico-November 5th, 2018: Carlos Rafael Ortegon Cervera blowing on his bees to move them from a specific area without having to touch and hurt them. Wtih roughtly 600 hives Ortegon is considered to have a larger beekeeping operation. Many of his hives are nestled inside of Mennonite Camps, like Chives, the second established Mennonite Camp in The Yucatan. He pays the Mennonites to be able to keep his bees on their property in honey although his father, one of the first beekeepers in the Yucatan had his hives their long before the Mennonites arrived. He is frustrated because the honey he produces, which he says is one of the best quality honey in the world, is never consumed in it's pure form, but rather is exported to Germany and mixed with European honey to improve the flavor and quality. Mayan beekeepers of the Yucatan Peninsula have been grappling with contaminated honey ever since transgenic soy was introduced into the farming of the region. The soy is produced primarily by the continually expanding Mennonite community by a government supported subsidies program. Traces of the soy and glyphaste, the main agrotoxin used to kill off weeds around the resistant soy have been found in the honey which is of organic quality and which the Mayans export to Europe mainly through Germany. The honey which must now be labeled when it contains elements of the soy or toxins is being bought now at a much lower rate. The mennonites are also buying up land from the indigenous communities and cutting down virgin forrest land in order to expand there existing communities and create moer farm land. As a result many bees also disappear, wtih diminishing flowers to polinate. In 2015 the supreme court in Mexico ruled to prohibit the use of transgenic soy in the country, yet soy farmers have continued to plant the modified version and operate with impunity despite the law.
  • El Temporal Mennonite Camp, Campeche, Mexico-October 27th, 2018: A young boy stands in front of the silo at the El Temporal Mennonite Camp during the height of the Soy Harvest. Mayan beekeepers of the Yucatan Peninsula have been grappling with contaminated honey ever since transgenic soy was introduced into the farming of the region. The soy is produced primarily by the continually expanding Mennonite community by a government supported subsidies program. Traces of the soy and glyphaste, the main agrotoxin used to kill off weeds around the resistant soy have been found in the honey which is of organic quality and which the Mayans export to Europe mainly through Germany. The honey which must now be labeled when it contains elements of the soy or toxins is being bought now at a much lower rate. The mennonites are also buying up land from the indigenous communities and cutting down virgin forrest land in order to expand there existing communities and create moer farm land. As a result many bees also disappear, wtih diminishing flowers to polinate. In 2015 the supreme court in Mexico ruled to prohibit the use of transgenic soy in the country, yet soy farmers have continued to plant the modified version and operate with impunity despite the law.
  • El Temporal, Campeche, Mexico-October 28th, 2018: Maria Schmitt collectiong shirts of the men of the house before a possible rain storm. The family generally washes all clothes on two designated days during the week. Mayan beekeepers of the Yucatan Peninsula have been grappling with contaminated honey ever since transgenic soy was introduced into the farming of the region. The soy is produced primarily by the continually expanding Mennonite community by a government supported subsidies program. Traces of the soy and glyphaste, the main agrotoxin used to kill off weeds around the resistant soy have been found in the honey which is of organic quality and which the Mayans export to Europe mainly through Germany. The honey which must now be labeled when it contains elements of the soy or toxins is being bought now at a much lower rate. The mennonites are also buying up land from the indigenous communities and cutting down virgin forrest land in order to expand there existing communities and create moer farm land. As a result many bees also disappear, wtih diminishing flowers to polinate. In 2015 the supreme court in Mexico ruled to prohibit the use of transgenic soy in the country, yet soy farmers have continued to plant the modified version and operate with impunity despite the law.
  • El Temporal Mennonite Camp, Campeche, Mexico-October 27th, 2018: Ana Schmitt combing her hair which reaches down to her thighs in perparation to braid it. Ana braids her 6 daughter's hair on Saturdays. The family who are originally from Chihuahua, lived in Canada for years until they decided to move to the Yucatan in Mexico for a different lifestyle in a more orthodox community. Mayan beekeepers of the Yucatan Peninsula have been grappling with contaminated honey ever since transgenic soy was introduced into the farming of the region. The soy is produced primarily by the continually expanding Mennonite community by a government supported subsidies program. Traces of the soy and glyphaste, the main agrotoxin used to kill off weeds around the resistant soy have been found in the honey which is of organic quality and which the Mayans export to Europe mainly through Germany. The honey which must now be labeled when it contains elements of the soy or toxins is being bought now at a much lower rate. The mennonites are also buying up land from the indigenous communities and cutting down virgin forrest land in order to expand there existing communities and create moer farm land. As a result many bees also disappear, wtih diminishing flowers to polinate. In 2015 the supreme court in Mexico ruled to prohibit the use of transgenic soy in the country, yet soy farmers have continued to plant the modified version and operate with impunity despite the law.
  • Hopelchen, Mexico-November 7th, 2018: An areal view of the deforestation being carried out with heavy machinery in the region of Campeche. Mayan beekeepers of the Yucatan Peninsula have been grappling with contaminated honey ever since transgenic soy was introduced into the farming of the region. The soy is produced primarily by the continually expanding Mennonite community by a government supported subsidies program. Traces of the soy and glyphaste, the main agrotoxin used to kill off weeds around the resistant soy have been found in the honey which is of organic quality and which the Mayans export to Europe mainly through Germany. The honey which must now be labeled when it contains elements of the soy or toxins is being bought now at a much lower rate. The mennonites are also buying up land from the indigenous communities and cutting down virgin forrest land in order to expand there existing communities and create moer farm land. As a result many bees also disappear, wtih diminishing flowers to polinate. In 2015 the supreme court in Mexico ruled to prohibit the use of transgenic soy in the country, yet soy farmers have continued to plant the modified version and operate with impunity despite the law.
  • Tinun, Mexico-November 2nd, 2018: Carmen Guadalupe, 19 (left) learned beekeeping from her grandfather, Anastacio Balan Osalde who died just 2 days prior. The family gathered during the traditional mourning period of 9 days post mortem. Mayan beekeepers of the Yucatan Peninsula have been grappling with contaminated honey ever since transgenic soy was introduced into the farming of the region. The soy is produced primarily by the continually expanding Mennonite community by a government supported subsidies program. Traces of the soy and glyphaste, the main agrotoxin used to kill off weeds around the resistant soy have been found in the honey which is of organic quality and which the Mayans export to Europe mainly through Germany. The honey which must now be labeled when it contains elements of the soy or toxins is being bought now at a much lower rate. The mennonites are also buying up land from the indigenous communities and cutting down virgin forrest land in order to expand there existing communities and create moer farm land. As a result many bees also disappear, wtih diminishing flowers to polinate. In 2015 the supreme court in Mexico ruled to prohibit the use of transgenic soy in the country, yet soy farmers have continued to plant the modified version and operate with impunity despite the law.
  • El Temporal Mennonite Camp, Campeche, Mexico-October 27th, 2018: The Ham family horse drawn carriage driving through fields of soy on the El Temporal Mennonite Camp which embraces a very orthodox version of the religion which prohibits the use of cars and other types of machines and mechanisms. Mayan beekeepers of the Yucatan Peninsula have been grappling with contaminated honey ever since transgenic soy was introduced into the farming of the region. The soy is produced primarily by the continually expanding Mennonite community by a government supported subsidies program. Traces of the soy and glyphaste, the main agrotoxin used to kill off weeds around the resistant soy have been found in the honey which is of organic quality and which the Mayans export to Europe mainly through Germany. The honey which must now be labeled when it contains elements of the soy or toxins is being bought now at a much lower rate. The mennonites are also buying up land from the indigenous communities and cutting down virgin forrest land in order to expand there existing communities and create moer farm land. As a result many bees also disappear, wtih diminishing flowers to polinate. 2018: Mayan beekeepers of the Yucatan Peninsula have been grappling with contaminated honey ever since transgenic soy was introduced into the farming of the region. The soy is produced primarily by the continually expanding Mennonite community by a government supported subsidies program. Traces of the soy and glyphaste, the main agrotoxin used to kill off weeds around the resistant soy have been found in the honey which is of organic quality and which the Mayans export to Europe mainly through Germany. The honey which must now be labeled when it contains elements of the soy or toxins is being bought now at a much lower rate. The mennonites are also buying up land from the indigenous communities and cutting down virgin forrest land in order to expand there existing communities and create moer farm land. As a r
  • El Temporal Mennonite Camp, Mexico-October 30th, 2018: The Ham family slaughtered a 250 Kilo pig at home, something they do only once or twice a year. Some of the meat they sold, some they gave away to family, and the rest they froze to last them for at least 3 months. The Mennonites believe that when pigs are slaughtered during the small moon, the meat is dryer and therefore easier to handle when butchering. Mayan beekeepers of the Yucatan Peninsula have been grappling with contaminated honey ever since transgenic soy was introduced into the farming of the region. The soy is produced primarily by the continually expanding Mennonite community by a government supported subsidies program. Traces of the soy and glyphaste, the main agrotoxin used to kill off weeds around the resistant soy have been found in the honey which is of organic quality and which the Mayans export to Europe mainly through Germany. The honey which must now be labeled when it contains elements of the soy or toxins is being bought now at a much lower rate. The mennonites are also buying up land from the indigenous communities and cutting down virgin forrest land in order to expand there existing communities and create moer farm land. As a result many bees also disappear, wtih diminishing flowers to polinate. In 2015 the supreme court in Mexico ruled to prohibit the use of transgenic soy in the country, yet soy farmers have continued to plant the modified version and operate with impunity despite the law.
  • San Juan Bautista Sahcabchen, Campeche, Mexico-November 10th, 2018: De Celio Salazar Chan, 63 giving a traditional Mayan Prayer to thank the gods for a good harvest. On his alter he lays out corn husks and bowls of a traditional corn and honey mixture known as Sakah. Mayan beekeepers of the Yucatan Peninsula have been grappling with contaminated honey ever since transgenic soy was introduced into the farming of the region. The soy is produced primarily by the continually expanding Mennonite community by a government supported subsidies program. Traces of the soy and glyphaste, the main agrotoxin used to kill off weeds around the resistant soy have been found in the honey which is of organic quality and which the Mayans export to Europe mainly through Germany. The honey which must now be labeled when it contains elements of the soy or toxins is being bought now at a much lower rate. The mennonites are also buying up land from the indigenous communities and cutting down virgin forrest land in order to expand there existing communities and create moer farm land. As a result many bees also disappear, wtih diminishing flowers to polinate. In 2015 the supreme court in Mexico ruled to prohibit the use of transgenic soy in the country, yet soy farmers have continued to plant the modified version and operate with impunity despite the law.
  • El Temporal Mennonite Camp, Campeche, Mexico-October 29th, 2018: Peter Ham, 14 watches his father Klaas soding a piece of iron onto their tractor in preparation for killing a pig. Mayan beekeepers of the Yucatan Peninsula have been grappling with contaminated honey ever since transgenic soy was introduced into the farming of the region. The soy is produced primarily by the continually expanding Mennonite community by a government supported subsidies program. Traces of the soy and glyphaste, the main agrotoxin used to kill off weeds around the resistant soy have been found in the honey which is of organic quality and which the Mayans export to Europe mainly through Germany. The honey which must now be labeled when it contains elements of the soy or toxins is being bought now at a much lower rate. The mennonites are also buying up land from the indigenous communities and cutting down virgin forrest land in order to expand there existing communities and create moer farm land. As a result many bees also disappear, wtih diminishing flowers to polinate. In 2015 the supreme court in Mexico ruled to prohibit the use of transgenic soy in the country, yet soy farmers have continued to plant the modified version and operate with impunity despite the law.
  • Tinun, Mexico-November 1st, 2018: Luis Canul, a teacher, cutting down branches to use to cook the traditional Mayan Hanal Pixan (in Mayan) or Day of the Dead meal known as Pilipollo, which is cooked beneath the earth. Luis, like most Mayans cultivates corn, pumpkin and other fruits and vegetables without using agro toxins and participates in a reforestation program. Mayan beekeepers of the Yucatan Peninsula have been grappling with contaminated honey ever since transgenic soy was introduced into the farming of the region. The soy is produced primarily by the continually expanding Mennonite community by a government supported subsidies program. Traces of the soy and glyphaste, the main agrotoxin used to kill off weeds around the resistant soy have been found in the honey which is of organic quality and which the Mayans export to Europe mainly through Germany. The honey which must now be labeled when it contains elements of the soy or toxins is being bought now at a much lower rate. The mennonites are also buying up land from the indigenous communities and cutting down virgin forrest land in order to expand there existing communities and create moer farm land. As a result many bees also disappear, wtih diminishing flowers to polinate. In 2015 the supreme court in Mexico ruled to prohibit the use of transgenic soy in the country, yet soy farmers have continued to plant the modified version and operate with impunity despite the law.
  • Nuevo Durango Mennonite Camp, Campeche, Mexico-November 10, 2018: Silo workers shovel soy beans through a grate that will load into the silo at the height of the soy harvest. Mayan beekeepers of the Yucatan Peninsula have been grappling with contaminated honey ever since transgenic soy was introduced into the farming of the region. The soy is produced primarily by the continually expanding Mennonite community by a government supported subsidies program. Traces of the soy and glyphaste, the main agrotoxin used to kill off weeds around the resistant soy have been found in the honey which is of organic quality and which the Mayans export to Europe mainly through Germany. The honey which must now be labeled when it contains elements of the soy or toxins is being bought now at a much lower rate. The mennonites are also buying up land from the indigenous communities and cutting down virgin forrest land in order to expand there existing communities and create moer farm land. As a result many bees also disappear, wtih diminishing flowers to polinate. In 2015 the supreme court in Mexico ruled to prohibit the use of transgenic soy in the country, yet soy farmers have continued to plant the modified version and operate with impunity despite the law.
  • Hopelchen, Campeche, Mexico-October 24th, 2018: Helena Schmitt Thiessen of the Nuevo Progresso Mennonite Camp holding her 3 month old baby Isaac awaiting her husband Guillermo who went to ask for a loan with a group of Amish American nurses in order to be able to pay for Isaac's operations. The child suffers from several cysts which which doctors planed to remove the following day. Health problems are increasing in the Mennonite communities of Campeche and most of them have opened up to help from Mexican Mobile Health Clinics. Mayan beekeepers of the Yucatan Peninsula have been grappling with contaminated honey ever since transgenic soy was introduced into the farming of the region. The soy is produced primarily by the continually expanding Mennonite community by a government supported subsidies program. Traces of the soy and glyphaste, the main agrotoxin used to kill off weeds around the resistant soy have been found in the honey which is of organic quality and which the Mayans export to Europe mainly through Germany. The honey which must now be labeled when it contains elements of the soy or toxins is being bought now at a much lower rate. The mennonites are also buying up land from the indigenous communities and cutting down virgin forrest land in order to expand there existing communities and create moer farm land. As a result many bees also disappear, wtih diminishing flowers to polinate. In 2015 the supreme court in Mexico ruled to prohibit the use of transgenic soy in the country, yet soy farmers have continued to plant the modified version and operate with impunity despite the law.
  • Pomuch, Mexico-October 31st, 2018: Fraz Poot cleans the bones of Reina Alicia's (right) grandfather Roberto Poot Chi, a Mayan tradition to honor loved ones who have passed on Hanal Pixan (in Mayan), also known as Day of the Dead. Mayan beekeepers of the Yucatan Peninsula have been grappling with contaminated honey ever since transgenic soy was introduced into the farming of the region. The soy is produced primarily by the continually expanding Mennonite community by a government supported subsidies program. Traces of the soy and glyphaste, the main agrotoxin used to kill off weeds around the resistant soy have been found in the honey which is of organic quality and which the Mayans export to Europe mainly through Germany. The honey which must now be labeled when it contains elements of the soy or toxins is being bought now at a much lower rate. The mennonites are also buying up land from the indigenous communities and cutting down virgin forrest land in order to expand there existing communities and create moer farm land. As a result many bees also disappear, wtih diminishing flowers to polinate. In 2015 the supreme court in Mexico ruled to prohibit the use of transgenic soy in the country, yet soy farmers have continued to plant the modified version and operate with impunity despite the law.
  • Tinun, Mexico-November 1st, 2018: A family member morns over the body of Anastacio Balan Osalde, an 84 year old beekeeper who died of complications after having his leg amputated. Three of his sons and one son in law as well as his grandchildren are active beekeepers. His family says that Anastacio's bees fled their hives once he fell ill the month before he died. No one really knows if it's just coincidence or true to legend. Mayan beekeepers of the Yucatan Peninsula have been grappling with contaminated honey ever since transgenic soy was introduced into the farming of the region. The soy is produced primarily by the continually expanding Mennonite community by a government supported subsidies program. Traces of the soy and glyphaste, the main agrotoxin used to kill off weeds around the resistant soy have been found in the honey which is of organic quality and which the Mayans export to Europe mainly through Germany. The honey which must now be labeled when it contains elements of the soy or toxins is being bought now at a much lower rate. The mennonites are also buying up land from the indigenous communities and cutting down virgin forrest land in order to expand there existing communities and create moer farm land. As a result many bees also disappear, wtih diminishing flowers to polinate. In 2015 the supreme court in Mexico ruled to prohibit the use of transgenic soy in the country, yet soy farmers have continued to plant the modified version and operate with impunity despite the law.
  • Hopelchen, Campeche, Mexico-November 10th, 2018: A drainage deposit on the edge of agricultural fields, which is routinely fumigated with a high level of agro chemicals. Mayan beekeepers of the Yucatan Peninsula have been grappling with contaminated honey ever since transgenic soy was introduced into the farming of the region. The soy is produced primarily by the continually expanding Mennonite community by a government supported subsidies program. Traces of the soy and glyphaste, the main agrotoxin used to kill off weeds around the resistant soy have been found in the honey which is of organic quality and which the Mayans export to Europe mainly through Germany. The honey which must now be labeled when it contains elements of the soy or toxins is being bought now at a much lower rate. The mennonites are also buying up land from the indigenous communities and cutting down virgin forrest land in order to expand there existing communities and create moer farm land. As a result many bees also disappear, wtih diminishing flowers to polinate. In 2015 the supreme court in Mexico ruled to prohibit the use of transgenic soy in the country, yet soy farmers have continued to plant the modified version and operate with impunity despite the law.