Continuing crisis in Puerto Rico:
The global food system is complex, and one under-appreciated component element is transportation. Now, millions of people in Puerto Rico need fuel, water, food and medicine. Meanwhile, at the port in San Juan, row after row of refrigerated shipping containers sit humming. They’ve been there for days, goods locked away inside. It’s one thing to get supplies to Puerto Rico. But officials at the Department of Homeland Security, which administers FEMA, say moving goods around the island is the bigger challenge. Diesel is short. Drivers are scarce. And authorities say some roads are still impassable. Several other ports are accepting shipments, and stranded crates total an estimated 10,000. There’s just no way to move the goods around—or keep them refrigerated when out of the crates. READ MORE