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Señor Sapo Is Here In An Effort By The USDA To Teach Caribbean Children The Importance of Agriculture In The Region

DISNEY VERSION: Of Señor Sapo, a child favorite and now an educational character brought to you and your children by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

SAN JUAN —  Señor Sapo is coming! Señor Sapo is coming!

Just who is this Señor Sapo? Well, read on gentle reader …

Sr. Sapo is a very popular figure among children in Puerto Rico, Latin America and the Caribbean — and he has a new healthy hobby — agriculture!

The USDA Caribbean Climate Hub and the musical group Atención Atención Inc. partnered to produce a video focusing on how food is grown and its relationship with nature.

The USDA Caribbean Climate Hub explains they want to promote agriculture and help children better understand how the food we eat is connected to sunshine, rain and the soil.

The video illustrates how food production is influenced by the sun and the rain through the experiences of Sr. Sapo in his home garden.  Sr. Sapo learns to prepare the soil and succeeds at harvesting fruits and vegetables after his garden was affected by a drought followed by severe flooding.

“Where do potatoes, carrots, and tomatoes come from?  Today, few children understand where food comes from so we thought it was important to collaborate with the Caribbean Hub to produce this video, which shows the benefits of agriculture and its relationship with nature to create environmental awareness in children,” Víctor Rivera, President of Atención Atención Inc. said.

The Caribbean Hub also developed a coloring book based on the video, which the Hub uses as an educational tool when participating in agricultural and environmental events throughout the Island.  Both are available in Spanish and with English subtitles in the Kids’ Corner on the Caribbean Hub website.

Located in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, the USDA Caribbean Climate Hub is one of ten Regional Hubs nationwide that delivers science based knowledge and practical information to farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners to help them adapt to climate and weather variability.

The video and the coloring book are available in Spanish and with English subtitles in the Kids’ Corner on the Caribbean Hubs website.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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