Jack Fairweather, Christina Asquith, How Can Cuba’s Sustainable Agriculture Survive the Peace?, The Solutions Journal, Volume 1, Issue 2, March 2010, Pages 56-58 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/how-can-cubas-sustainable-agriculture-survive-the-peace/) Abstract: For a country that responded to severe energy crisis by switching to organic, localized agriculture, the fruits of the revolution must be protected from the coming peace. For those trying to imagine life without oil, Cuba has proven the solitary example of a country successfully de-industrializing. Confronted with the collapse of aid from the Soviet Union and ever-tighter U.S. sanctions in the early 1990s, the Castro regime was forced to scupper its centrally-planned, fossil-fuel-driven agriculture and rediscover sustainable and green farming practices. The solutions developed by a young generation of farmers and agronomists – including urban farms in vacant lots in the capital, Havana, and a network of producers across the country – now provide 80% of the country with predominantly local, organic produce and helped turn Cuba into an unintentional leader of the green movement. And yet, scarcely has this revolution been achieved, but it is under threat — not from … Topics: Agriculture & Food; Conservation; Security; Sustainability