What do you think we can learn from Cuba's agricultural systems? Do you think interconnected local food systems could potentially replace our current globally dependent models?
This video is SO WRONG. Cuba today must import two-thirds of the food needed to feed Cubans. With its abundant farmland, abundant rain, and year-round growing temperatures, Cuba should be easily able to grow enough food to feed its citizens and with much extra food to sell to other countries. Cubans know that the problem is the corrupt gov't controlled, grossly mismanaged, agriculture system in Cuba. Even without tractors and chemical herbicides and pesticides, Cuba should be able to easily grow enough food to feed its own citizens But food is very scarce and expensive for Cubans. Food theft is widespread. This is not due to the U.S. embargo. The U.S. embargo does not cause the Cuban gov't to mismanage its agricultural production.
A recent Reuters news article said this:
"Like many of its Caribbean neighbors, communist-governed Cuba imports more than two-thirds of its food, despite having rich farmland and hundreds of urban farms sprouting up in old parking lots, rooftops, or other small plots of unused land.
The country spends more than $2 billion a year importing rice, meat, grains and other foods which analysts and local farmers say could be produced at home."
I am in favor of organic and local food production. But that cause is not helped by grossly inaccurate information about Cuban agriculture.
Because they aren't a democracy and were cut off from capitalism and other economies, and therefore learned to respect Earth and to respect the real value in this world such as food production and regeneration instead of profit.
Permaculture and organic methods could also be used on a larger scale, just that it seems more complicated at first. Technology isn't all bad, just that it mostly isn't used the right way. Investing in new harvesting methods or more sustainable machine development would help a lot. I liked your video, well done! I'm also making videos on agriculture and other topics alike on my channel if you're interested. :-)
To the person that made the video:
You don’t have a clue what you talking about!!! Cubans had NO choice, they had to adapt because government took everything from them!!! In Cuba nobody give a shit about all that “green crap” learn from Cuba, communism/socialism don’t work, plain and simple!!! Cuba is a nightmare, I’m from Cuba, believe me it suck !!!
That's all true but you would have to wait hours in a line for meat especially chicken.
This needs to happen 🌎 wide nation wide this 🌎 would be like cuba a better place better health......long life spand....
Most relevant topic since Noah left the ark.. Good work Cuba!!
Backyards in Czech Republic 🇨🇿. We have one. Except of majority of young socializing people, every family has one.
And then, what's the percentage of population working in agriculture? It may be cool to do urban farming if you're into that, but otherwise it's time consuming. One of the main strengths of industrial agriculture is that it allows 98% of the population to do anything else than agriculture. And mehcanizing the agriculture is nothing bad, you can use crop rotation and all the techniques there too. It's the mass consumption (mainly livestock) that destroys the lands.
If the Cuban government would be more lenient then we can thrive in Cuba. They don't let us trade freely. If you own a farm you have to sell to the government everything you grow at low prices. you can't really make a living. Most farms in Cuba are abandoned. They are used for underground business such as tile building or selling construction materials. We have the potential to thrive but socialism don't work. The government controls everything and when you try to make progress than you are raided by the police.
Cuban here <3
A little Econ 101. The real name for Cuba’s system is subsistence farming. Been around for thousands of years. It happens when food is so expensive or unavailable that raising food becomes the most profitable use of your time. Food is expensive or unavailable in Cuba, most jobs don’t pay enough to bring food home in a quantity that feeds people. In the west we have cheap abundant food of wide variety so you don’t quit your job making cute videos to raise food when only a fraction of your income feeds the household. Cuba has zero to teach the USA, if they didn’t have year around growing season they would be like North Korea, people dropping in the street due to hunger. Got to go now and tend my garden...
This shows how free markets can't solve the global crisis of overproduction we have in our food sector
When communism kinda did its job
and an amazing job, in fact
60-80 percent of Cuba's food isn't even produced in Cuba, most people aren't surviving off this sustainable agriculture, they're surviving off another country's industrial agriculture.
Great! I uploaded italian subtitles so I can share it with my people who don't understand english very well. I'm loving all your videos!
Have you seen the lines in Cuban stores for basic goods? Rationed meats? Non-existent transportation system? Non-existent sophisticated medicine (you get cancer, you might as well just get your will done)? Rampant prostitution? Stop being such a rube millennial and grow up!
ive been growing an organic garden for several yrs. today is the first time ive seen this video. what is cuba going to teach me? cube is so shockingly poor it cant afford pesticides or herbicides if it wanted to. organic was their only option and that's a good thing.
Green Party US also is the only party supporting the family farmer and like Henry Wallace back in last century, supporting agricultural parity by platform in opposition to commodified industrial agriculture.