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How Cuban agriculture went from industrial to sustainable

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In this Our Changing Climate environmental video essay, I look at the history of Cuban sustainable agriculture and farming. Specifically, I look at why sustainable and organic methods, such as urban farms and market gardens, proliferated in Cuban farming, and what that might mean for farmers markets and local food systems in countries like the United States. Some of the principles of Cuban agriculture could be used to build a system in opposition to our current industrial food and factory farm system. Help me make more videos like this via Patreon: http://bit.ly/2iz4lIV Twitter: https://twitter.com/OurClimateNow Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/occvideos/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/occ.climate/ Email: occ.clim[email protected] ________ Resources: 1. Bill McKibben's "The Cuba Diet": http://billtotten.blogspot.com/2005/04/cuba-diet.html 2. Eat Local: Cuba's Urban Gardens Raise Food on Zero Emissions: https://insideclimatenews.org/news/20090127/eat-local-cubas-urban-gardens-raise-food-zero-emissions 3. Creating a Sustainable Urban Agriculture Revolution: https://scholarsbank.uoregon.edu/xmlui/bitstream/handle/1794/10648/Peters.pdf?sequence=1 4. Cuba's Green Revolution: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyLU9CP7iRE 5. What Cuba can teach America about organic farming: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MsnXTMC1-E 6. The Paradox of Cuban Agriculture: https://monthlyreview.org/2012/01/01/the-paradox-of-cuban-agriculture/ ___________ Music: I Don't See the Branches I See the Leaves by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/...) Artist: http://chriszabriskie.com/ Rewound by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/...) Artist: http://chriszabriskie.com/ Another Version of You by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/...) Artist: http://chriszabriskie.com/ #farming #climatechange #ourchangingclimate
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Our Changing Climate (4 months ago)
What do you think we can learn from Cuba's agricultural systems? Do you think interconnected local food systems could potentially replace our current globally dependent models?
Heidi Embrey (4 months ago)
I've been working to create sustainable food systems in the US for ..decades. People will no allow it. They do not like you growing food in the US. They will say ''what a beautiful tree'', and I will say, ''this tree makes food'' and they will say ''oh, it makes food it is disgusting, you must kill it according to the law now and if you don't we will.'' I'm not joking. And wish you luck. Permaculture could save the planet but people don't want it. They want turf grass lawns and dog pooh.
Jeremiah D (4 months ago)
I have been actually thinking about ways to create a sustainable local food system here in America, and I knew nothing about what they are doing in Cuba! Great model when looking for ways to create a systems that is common sense and sustainable. The world needs to start rethinking this global system that has been created since the end of WW2, because the strain and the demands of such a complex global system needs to be address. If we are going to have future generations to live on the planet. The way agricultural is currently is ridiculous and irrational. Nobody in political leadership on all fronts, local, federal, through global organizations. Aren't thinking about what if this system falls? Then what? Cities would be starved in days causing civil unrest. The only way forward is to start thinking local and sustainable. This Cuban model is a good start for thinking a sustainable but effective solution to a huge problem no one is talking about. Also, really love your channel and the content you produce really great! Been with you since the start. Hope to see you blow up soon! (Sorry for long post. Had a lot to say...( ´ ▽ ` )ノ )
TwoStage 45 (1 month ago)
Also communism kills thousands of people. less mouths to feed.
romaromina (3 months ago)
people in USA do not have the time to plant vegetable in their big yards, it is easy to put gras that coms already on roll from the shop and buy a Lawn mower to cut once a month.
IIBenneTT (4 months ago)
I liked what I just saw.
Epic (4 months ago)
Good video, I love the editing
Raghava Payment (4 months ago)
I love your videos man. Most of what you cover is right up my alley as I am majoring in sustainability/resource management. Funnily enough, I don't watch them often. This one really grabbed my attention based on the subject matter. Thanks for putting in the hard work to make this. You definitely deserve more attention!

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