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Eat Local: Cuba's Urban Gardens Raise Food on Zero Emissions

By Max Ajl

Jan 27, 2009

So urban gardens cut back on emissions, allow the efficient use of the nitrogen cycle, and can moderate the climactic changes inevitable under anthropogenic climate change. And they are already being implemented in several U.S. cities, including and , though only in piecemeal fashion.

Hopefully we won’t need a cataclysmic shock such as the one that hammered Cuba before implementing them on a large scale here.

Great

"Buy local. Eat seasonal. Eat organic." All now commonplace admonitions in the United States. But while none of these slogans are household words in Cuba, 70 percent of the vegetables and herbs grown on the island today are organic and the urban gardens where they are raised are usually within walking distance of those who will consume them. So in one blow Cuba reduced the use of fossil fuels in the production and transportation of food. And they began doing this nearly 20 years ago. The island nation’s move to organic and sustainable farming did not arise from its environmental consciousness, although there was an element of that also. Dont , the main reason was the beginning of the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989, Cuba’s only source of petroleum and main trading partner at that time. Overnight long lines formed at gas stations that all too often ran out before all their customers could fill up. Traffic was virtually non-existent. Chinese “Flying Pigeon” bicycles replaced both private and public transportation.

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