Cuba’s Revolution in Food

In Cuba, an organic food movement is growing.

During “the Special Period” in the 1990s, the country was on the brink of starvation. Lack of imports, farming tools (especially pesticides), and food shortages meant ordinary Cubans had to change the way they live and eat. This meant growing their own crops where they could in backyards and on rooftops and farmers were forced to rely on more sustainable, low-tech farming practises. It stirred the pot for a new revolution. In food.

After our visit to a tobacco plantation and learning about Cuban cigars in Viñales, we stopped to have lunch at the first organic farm in all of Cuba. This organic farm grows 38 different kinds of fruits and vegetables – all hand-harvested, without the use of chemical fertilizers. Only 10% of it’s production is given to women, kids, elderly, and pregnant people that live in the community but it’s a big step toward more self-sufficient communities here.


I was a guest of Locally Sourced but, as always all opinions are my own. 

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More in this series:

Havana: A City Frozen in Time
Smoking Cuban Cigars on a Tobacco Plantation