Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Can Cuba's Organic Agriculture Movement Survive US Agribusiness Moving In?

Organic Farming Flourishes in Cuba, But Can It Survive Entry of U.S. Agribusiness?

by Democracy Now!

Over the past 25 years, Cuba has built a largely organic farming system out of necessity. When the Soviet Union collapsed, Cuba lost its main supplier of fertilizers and pesticides. What will the changing U.S.-Cuban relationship mean for Cuban farmers? We air a video report from a farm outside Havana produced by Democracy Now!'s Karen Ranucci and Monica Melamid. We also speak to filmmaker Catherine Murphy, who has studied Cuba's agricultural system.

Guests: Catherine Murphy, filmmaker who lived and studied in Cuba in the 1990s. Her film titled Maestra explores the stories of the youngest women teachers in the 1961 national literacy campaign in Cuba.

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