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Cuba Organics: Moringa anyone?

March 18, 2016

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Cuba, Organics and US Farmers

Willie Bonner, a staffer at Little Pond Farm in Bushnell, Fla., stocks organic vegetables at the Saturday Morning Market in downtown St. Petersburg, Fla. (Photo: Beth Reynolds, Round Earth Media)

Willie Bonner, a staffer at Little Pond Farm in Bushnell, Fla., stocks organic vegetables at the Saturday Morning Market in downtown St. Petersburg, Fla. (Photo: Beth Reynolds, Round Earth Media)

When third-generation farmer Rick Roth envisions the possible end of the long U.S. trade embargo on Cuba, just across the Florida straits, he sees potential competition. And he worries about diseases, pests and invasive species.

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Earthquakes

February 13, 2010

mx city earthquake from wikimediaNow, a month after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, I’m reminded of the many conversations I had with people in Mexico City over recent weeks. While I struggled to comprehend what it might have been like to feel the earth shake and buildings topple, many Chilangos, as residents of Mexico City sometimes call themselves, were eager to tell me what had happened and how it had felt in 1985 when a massive earthquake killed at least 4500 people – most likely many more. 

(Photo of Mexico City earthquake: Wikimedia)

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Agriculture and Organic Farming in Cuba

July 1, 2001
A market in Cuba where growers sell what they don’t keep themselves. | Photo:  Mary Stucky

A market in Cuba where growers sell what they don’t keep themselves. | Photo: Mary Stucky

While organic farming is growing across the U.S., the number of farmers in the Great Lakes using organic methods is still quite small. Not so, though, in Cuba. In the past decade that island nation has embraced small-scale organic farming and urban gardens. Production of vegetables has soared… which has attracted attention from experts in the Great Lakes region who are visiting Cuba in increasing numbers.

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