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 grandparents”.
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