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Cuba's Move Towards Organic Production, A Lesson to be Learned?

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Entrance to an Organic Farm in Havana || Photo by: vxla/Flickr/Creative Commons License
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Cuba is in a period of profound change, which is impacting all aspects of life — including the food system. UC Food Observer learned about some of these changes, when editor Rose Hayden-Smith spoke to Dr. Pedro Sanchez.

A world renowned soil scientist, Dr. Sanchez left his native Cuba at 18 years old. He currently serves as director of the Agriculture and Food Security Center at Columbia University’s Earth Institute.

Dr. Sanchez told us there is a lot the United States can learn from Cuba in terms of agriculture and food systems:

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Meanwhile, the U.S. Government recently paved the way for additional food imports. “All federally inspected meat, poultry and egg plants in the United States are now eligible to export to Cuba under export requirements” that were published in early July 2016, reports Food Safety News.

Around the same time, Castro admitted Cubans face hard times as the economy slows sharply. Here’s more from Voice of America.

The country’s first bulk goods store recently opened, but wholesale remains elusive, reports Associated Press. The new store is located in the upscale western suburb of Miramar.

To get a first-hand look at Cuba’s recent developments, UC Food Observer editor Rose Hayden-Smith is spending the next week and a half traveling in Cuba. Look for her posts later this summer detailing her takeaways.

As time and connectivity permit, we’ll be sharing images and thoughts in the next couple of weeks.

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Cuban taxi || Photo by: Alexander Schimmeck/Flickr/Creative Commons License

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