[permaculture] Organic farming in Cuba

Lawrence F. London, Jr. lfl at intrex.net
Tue Jul 25 13:12:34 EDT 2006


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, 7pm -- SCREENING:  'THE POWER OF COMMUNITY: HOW
CUBA SURVIVED PEAK OIL'
Internationalist Books & Community Center
405 W Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC  27516
919-942-1740
http://internationalistbooks.org/
This may not sound like a permaculture video but it is.  Permaculturists
came to Cuba and helped with urban farming. So this video is a success
story of how permaculture and organic farming techniques were
implemented to feed a nation. Cuba was suddenly shut off from oil
shipments when the Soviet Union broke up in the early 90s and then the
US implemented an embargo preventing shipments of many goods and
supplies to Cuba.  The conventional farming techniques which relied
heavily on oil, chemical fertilizers and pesticides could not continue.
   The country was forced to adopt and develop new strategies.  This film
   tells their story.

The website describing the video is at www.communitysolution.org/cuba.
The following is a review from the website:
"Everyone who is concerned about Peak Oil needs to see this film. Cuba
survived an energy famine during the 1990s, and how it did so
constitutes one of the most important and hopeful stories of the past
few decades. It is a story not just of individual achievement, but of
the collective mobilization of an entire society to meet an enormous
challenge. Lest the point be missed, I will underscore it: this
particular challenge – the problem of energy scarcity is one we will all
be facing very soon."

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