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Cuba: the world’s first national experiment in sustainable agriculture

(Jan. 30, 2002 – CropChoice news) – Food First has released a book-length report about the development of sustainable agriculture on a national scale in Cuba. Academics and scientists had the following to say about the book, "Sustainable Agriculture and Resistance: Transforming Food Production in Cuba."

"To understand Cuban agricultural development we must first look at the richness of detail in this volume. Then we have to step back and squint to capture the truly novel pathway of development that Cuba is pioneering. And then once again we have to focus in on the details, and glimpse the processes through which Cuba is creating something truly new and hopeful for all of humanity. "—from the epilogue by Professor Richard Levins, Harvard University School of Public Health

Cuba’s remarkable recovery from a food crisis brought on by the collapse of trade relations with the former Socialist Bloc and the tightening of the US trade embargo came about by the use of sustainable agriculture, organic farming, urban gardens, smaller farms, animal traction, and biological pest control. In Sustainable Agriculture and Resistance: Transforming Food Production in Cuba, Cuban authors offer details—for the first time in English—of these remarkable achievements, to serve as guideposts toward healthier, more environmentally friendly and self-reliant farming.

"The Cuban experience has demonstrated that the adoption of agroecological methods can bring about productive and economic benefits in a socially equitable manner. The advances achieved by Cuba...offer a valuable set of lessons for the millions of people throughout the world who are committed to a truly sustainable agriculture." —from the prologue by Professor Miguel Altieri, Environmental Studies, University of California at Berkeley

To learn more about the book, go to https://www.foodfirst.org/merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=FFB&Product_Code=0-935028-87-0&Category_Code=B