Every time my mother or father would bring a few groceries home from the supermarket, they would always complain about how the bananas were always better in Cuba. And the tomatos. And the mangos. And the malangas. And the potatoes. Every single fruit and vegetable was always better in Cuba. Fresher, tastier, healthier. Part of it was nostalgia, but the truth is that Cuba had incredibly fertile soil. My grandfather used to say that you could plant a rock in Cuba and grow a rock tree.
Yet despite the fertile soil and perfect climate, today Cuba’s agricultural industry is but a mere shadow of what it once was. No other crop proves this more perfectly than sugarcane. Where there were once hundreds of sugar mills in Cuba there are now but a handful left. Cuba, once a world supplier of sugar, now imports sugar for its own use, thanks to all those fantastic agricultural reforms implemented by the glorious revolution.
But you would think Cuba was a world leader in agriculture after reading the following from FoodFirst – The Institute for Food and Development Policy:
Cuba Sustainable Food Systems Tour
November 25, 2006 – 12:00pm
Join Global Exchange and the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems of UC Santa Cruz for a 10-day trip to Havana to learn how Cuba became a leader in organic and urban agriculture. Contact JoJo Farrell at 800-497-2994 or firstname.lastname@example.org
To qualify for this trip you must be a full-time farmer or gardener/educator, or university instructor or researcher.
Because, you know, the US has no idea how to grow food. It has no agricultural industry and doesnt feed half the world, including Cuba. So let’s all hurry on up and get to Cuber, where they grow their own vegetables, right there, next to the minicow pen.
And of course, Cuba is now a “world leader” in “urban agriculture” because, obviously, necessity is the mother of invention. Since they have no idea how to grow shit in large amounts even with quite possibly the worlds greatest soil, they have to resort to growing shit in small quantities in “urban” areas. We call those “vegetable gardens” here in the States. I guess Im an urban agriculturalist as well, given that I grow my own tomatos.
And here’s another beauty, from the The Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems:
The Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems is a research, education, and public service program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, dedicated to increasing ecological sustainability and social justice in the food and agriculture system.
Can someone please explain just WTF “social justice in the food agriculture system” is?
Gottdamn communists and their “social justice” bullshit.
Hat tip:El Confeti.