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Taking Potemkin to a whole new level, Castro style

Farmer hard at work while ploughing his field, Vinales, Cuba.

From the student newspaper The Pendulum, at Elon University (North Carolina): a redefinition of the concept of a Potemkin Village, which dispenses with pretending, and relies on mind-bending mesmerism.

This article is for real, unfortunately (unlike a previous fictional post that cited  Durwood Schnitzelbaum from Funks Grove, Nebraska).

Look no further for proof  of  the survival of the Noble Savage myth, or for proof of the success enjoyed by the Castronoid Ministry of Truth with gullible visiting Americans.

Yes, they have finally managed to convince some gringa  that NOT producing enough food and regressing to a primitive lifestyle are two of the greatest achievements of the so-called Revolution.

Never mind the contradictions, such as the fact that these two irreconcilable claims are made simultaneously: 1.  Cubans were starving before the Revolution saved them through organic farming; 2. Cubans used to eat too much before the Revolution changed their eating habits.

Never mind that the author also claims that having no farm machinery, no elementary supplies, no fertilizers, and no chance to make enough money to live on are VERY good things....

Never mind that no mention is made of the fact that the Castro Kingdom has to import 80% of its food, even though the island is one of the most fertile spots on the planet.

Logic does not apply in the world of inferior humanoids of the Cuban species.    Laugh, cry, fume, retch....  Whole thing HERE.    Highlights below.

And, by the way, the author is described as follows: Stephanie Schwartz, a former journalist, is part of the interactive media master’s program and was a member of the Cuba fly-in group.

Welcome to the new, improved, world of bigotry-- where the noble savage no longer wears bananas on her head, but uses them as sustainable shoes because she has no other choice.


Cuba emerges as a sustainable leader with development of organic farms

HAVANA – Vivero Alamar hums with productivity. Bordered by greens so vibrant and striking, it’s hard to believe they aren’t spray-painted. The majority of these greens are mounds and mounds of lettuce, the organopónico’s cash crop. The farm is located in a suburb outside of Havana and sells about 400 batches a day at its market. Many customers visit on a daily basis.

Cuba’s food culture was never one to focus on vegetables. Yet in the last twenty years, as organopónicos – organic urban farms – have sprouted up and the price of meat has skyrocketed, Cubans have been turning to new food sources.

“There’s a saying that 25 percent of the food we eat is to live and the other 75 percent is for doctors to cure diseases that food produces,” said Miguel Salcines, the president and founder of Vivero Alamar.

Like many Western countries, Cubans were dependent on industrial agriculture and ate a diet heavy in meat, fat and sugar. This lifestyle was “producing an epidemic of cancer and cardiovascular disease,” Salcines said.

Organopónicos are changing that.....

.....Like many other organopónicos, Vivero Alamar became organic by default. With no chemical fertilizers, they had to create their own using biopesticides like neem tree seeds, earthworms and manure harvested from animals raised in Cuba.....The farm uses oxen to transport feed to the animals, banana peels as biodegradable bags filled with seeds to provide nutrients to plants and water purified by magnets....With only two machines, the farm’s 180 employees do most of the work....

....Cuba is rightfully proud of its sustainable efforts and its revolution in farming, turning a nation from the brink of starvation into one that can feed itself organically, sustainably and nutritiously.

When asked if Cuban agriculture would go back to industrial production if the means were available, Isis Salcines, the outreach director of Vivero Alamar, shook her head as if she was confused by the question.

“I think now people have another mentality,” she said....

2 comments to Taking Potemkin to a whole new level, Castro style

  • asombra

    This is called insulting the intelligence of people who don't have enough of it to be insulted.

  • asombra

    Here's the Old South version: "Slavery is a good thing. It teaches humility, industriousness and accountability. Freedom is too confusing and even dangerous for certain people, who would only abuse it and get into trouble. Slavery provides structure and direction, and prevents dysfunctional behavior."