Friday, June 3, 2011
Cuba - A Model for Sustainable Urban Agriculture?
I'd read that there was a vibrant urban agricultural scene in Havana, Cuba but had no idea about it's origins or the extent of it's success. Viewing this video, I couldn't help but wonder whether or not this Caribbean city could serve as a model for other urban centers around the world that are interested in becoming more self-sufficient.
I try not to sound too political on this blog but it always irks me when short-sighted public figures (whom I'd never want to share a meal with) are quick to dismiss urban agriculture as some sort of crunchy granola elitist pipe dream. Maybe it's because they've never had to consider where their next meal would come from (a luxury most of us in this country are granted) or they have preconceived notions of farming as a occupation for the lowly. Let's just hope these people never have to endure a widespread food shortage. (I wouldn't want them to raid my veggie garden.) One thing's for sure - As our world population continues to grow, we'll have to find new more efficient ways of producing food in the limited space that we have.
Anyway, what was it that Plato once said? Necessity is the mother of invention. The veggie plots featured in this video and the systems established by the Havana growers are pretty inspiring. Could this model be replicated in your hometown?