Cuba-US Agricultural Relations

Justine Williams, co-editor of our latest book, “Land Justice: Re-Imagining
Land, Food, and the Commons in the United States”, is no stranger to the
history and development of Cuba.

While analyzing the Cuban Alternative Agricultural Movement, Williams
recalls, “many of the agronomists and growers who pioneered Cuba’s organic,
agroecological, permaculture and urban agriculture sectors making up the
alternative agriculture movement had long harbored deep intellectual,
ideological, and ethical interests in agricultural transformation”.

In addition, “As Cuba’s alternative agriculture movement spread, it
captured the interest of an increasing number of people, including urban
dwellers who wanted to increase their own food security and rural farmers
who saw the benefits that these methods brought to both their productivity
and their land. Although the notion of farming without chemicals was
unfamiliar to many growers who learned to farm during the 1960s-1980s, the
philosophies of organic and agroecological production resonated with
practices that many campesinos remembered learning from their parents and

If you are interested in learning more on the Cuban transformation and its
relationship to the United States, please visit:

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