By Brad Walker, Rivers Director October 12, 2015
This article is not pro-communism or pro-Castro. It is about objectively looking at agriculture in Cuba and maybe finding better ways to improve agriculture here.
On December 17, 2014, President Obama made a speech indicating that the U.S. would be opening relationships with Cuba, after nearly 60 years of oppressive sanctions and trade restrictions. He cited the fact that the U.S. has had relationships with both Communist China and Vietnam for decades and it is time to change the existing rigid policy with Cuba.
There is more to Cuba, however, than the American public believes. For more than two decades Cuba has been developing an agriculture system that is almost in complete contrast to the U.S. model. Their experience foreshadows our country’s eventual necessary path to major agricultural change. The Cuban sustainable agro-ecological system is worth serious investigation. They have invested much effort, money, and scientific knowledge into its development; that knowledge is what we should be looking to acquire. Unfortunately, recent comments regarding Cuba by our politicians reflect a conventional view of agriculture and trade.
Many politicians are like moths driven to light whenever trade is mentioned. Their bullet points come straight from corporate America, and the platitudes are too often simplistic and uninformed when it comes to complex international issues.… Read the rest