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Issue #1726      April 13, 2016

The Green Revolution

Cuba: a model of agricultural sustainability

On April 2, members of the Communist Women’s Collective, Linda, Maria, Antonella and Silvia, organised a discussion at the Party headquarters on Cuba, A Model for Agriculture Sustainability, with guest speaker Yexenia Calzado, a young Communist Cuban Woman. Yexenia informed our 30-plus guests about how Cuba’s cultural sustainability came about after the collapse of the USSR which they heavily relied on for aid and resources.

The people then introduced workers’ collectives to produce their own localised community agriculture during the “special period” which then came to cities like Habana which became part of the “green revolution” in order to feed local communities with fresh organic vegetables and fruits. Many times there was left over produce to sell and transport to other communities.

After a long discussion with our guest engaging in questions and statements with Yexenia we had a time for informal discussions where food and drinks were provided.

Then a documentary on Cuba was shown which showed the wonders of Cuba’s green revolution exploring the Cubans’ amazing art for growing veggie patches anywhere there was space to do so.

This featured the turnaround of young Cubans’ perception of agricultural sustainability and made it cool to be a green. The organised youth showed that they play a big part in maintaining the agriculture of the Cuban veggie patches and not only the youth but individuals had found many different ways of being able to recycle and reuse.

The event was a successful night with many inquisitive minds seeking answers on the way forward, Cuba proving that only a system that puts workers before profit can produce agricultural sustainability.

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