Farming Cuba — A new model for cities and countries facing threats to food security brought on by the end of cheap oil
Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, Cuba found itself solely responsible for feeding a nation that had grown dependent on imports and trade subsidies. Citizens began growing their own organic produce anywhere they could find space, on rooftops, balconies, vacant lots, and even school playgrounds. By 1998 there were more than 8,000 urban farms in Havana producing nearly half of the country’s vegetables. What began as a grassroots initiative had, in less than a decade, grown into the largest sustainable agriculture initiative ever undertaken, making Cuba the world leader in urban farming. Learn more in Farming Cuba: Urban Agriculture from the Ground Up, by Carey Clouse, available now from PAPress.
Last night my father and I were walking to dinner and he commented to me that he thinks my generation will be a lot healthier than his—at least on average—given how much more my generation walks. I responded by reaffirming to him how little I drive these days and how much I enjoy that.
This week I’ve been doing a lot of asking and it’s been a great experience! There’s a lot to learn about how virtual reality can enhance people’s work, but taking it one small hypothesis at a time can help break down the problem and give me a good sense of direction.