[permaculture] Fwd: cuban relocalization of agriculture

Lawrence F. London, Jr. lfl at intrex.net
Mon Jul 31 13:51:30 EDT 2006

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Subject: 	[SANET-MG] cuban relocalization of agriculture
Date: 	Mon, 31 Jul 2006 11:38:44 +0200
From: 	François WARLOP <warlop.grab at TISCALI.FR>
Reply-To: 	warlop.grab at tiscali.fr

*_For Immediate Release_**                        **NEWS RELEASE**__*
Contact: Megan Quinn
megan at communitysolution.org <mailto:megan at communitysolution.org>

*New Documentary Film on Cuba *
*/The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak/** /Oil/*

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio – May 2006 . . . The just released film, /The Power
of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil/, documents Cuba’s emergency
transition to local organic agriculture, renewable energy, and
large-scale mass transit. The transition occurred following the Soviet
collapse in 1990, when their massive subsidies of imported oil and food
to Cuba were halted.

In this documentary, ordinary Cubans talk about the immediate hardships
they faced. Their GDP dropped by more than one third, transportation
nearly stopped and food became scarce - the average Cuban lost 20 pounds
during the first years of this economic crisis.

The film visits urban gardens and organic farms, explains the
relationship between food and fossil fuels, and shows how a society can
change from an industrialized, global focus to a local, community-based
one. It is a rare view into this island culture, using firsthand
reporting that focuses on what Cubans learned about adapting to living
with less.

Cuba’s experience provides a living model for how the rest of the world
can respond to the coming world oil production peak and irreversible
decline some oil experts say will occur this decade. “Everyone who is
concerned about Peak Oil needs to see this film,” said Richard Heinberg,
author of /The Party's Over/ and /Powerdown/. “It is a story not just of
individual achievement, but of the collective mobilization of an entire
society to meet an enormous challenge.”

The documentary is drawing rave reviews with such comments as,

“…The most uplifting portrayal of a success story coming out of chaos,”
and “A must see for survival in the next energy age beyond oil.” Viewer
Joshua Lockyer, of Atlanta said, “If we want to know how we as a nation
are going to survive the peak oil crisis we need to have models...This
film begins to show us how.”

The Community Solution, Executive Producer of the film, is a non-profit
organization in Yellow Springs, Ohio dedicated to seeking viable,
low-energy options to the coming peak oil crisis. It hosts the annual
“U.S. Conference on Peak Oil and Community Solutions,” and offers other
programs to increase public awareness about peak oil.

Producers Faith Morgan, Pat Murphy, and Megan Quinn traveled to Cuba in
2004 to capture Cubans’ story on film. Greg Greene, videographer and
writer/director of the documentary /The End of Suburbia,/ and
photographer John Morgan, traveled with them as additional crew in Cuba.
Eric Johnson was editor and Tom Blessing IV, associate producer.

/The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil/ runs for 53 minutes
and is available on DVD or VHS for $20 plus shipping and handling. To
order, visit, visit www.communitysolution.org/cuba
or call 937-767-2161.

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