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Looking to the Future of Urban and Sustainable Agriculture: Cuba and Worldwide

Sinan Koont

in Sustainable Urban Agriculture in Cuba

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780813037578
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813042114 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813037578.003.0010
Looking to the Future of Urban and Sustainable Agriculture: Cuba and Worldwide

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Despite some concern about the persistence of a wish to return to industrial agriculture among some producers, leaders of the urban agriculture movement in Cuba believe urban agriculture and agroecology are here to stay. The 2008 program of Suburban Agriculture had the goal of food sovereignty in each municipality of Cuba on the basis of agroecologically operated farms. Although there is increasing interest, agroecological urban agriculture has seen little development in the world, especially in Latin America. Still, concerns about the sustainability (and suitability) of industrial agriculture are leading to increasing advocacy of a new paradigm, and efforts in this direction (La Via Campesina) in both the First and Third Worlds. The Cuban example, even if not fully adoptable, provides significant lessons for these efforts.

Keywords: industrial agriculture; urban agriculture; suburban agriculture; agroecology; La Via Campesina; sustainability

Chapter.  5663 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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