Organic by necessity

STARTING FROM SCRATCH: When Soviet support stopped coming, Cubans learned to grow food the way people grew it thousands of years ago.

Cuba is not a free country. It’s hard to get around the fact that life is controlled by the state, and with that fact come many problems. There is a sense of collective unhappiness, even despair, which I would attribute to a basic lack of human agency. Economically, Cuba imports 84 percent of its food supply, including most of its meat and nearly all of its grain. That puts Cuba in the same food security category as Haiti, at least in terms of its reliance on foreign soil for nourishment.

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