In Cuba of all places organic agriculture has proven its resiliency and steadfastness. Though cultivated not by choice but because Cuba no longer had access to the toxic pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers ushered throughout the world, farms in Cuba reflect what is possible everywhere. What has resulted is impressive, and begs the question do any farms truly need to be utilizing any of the carcinogenic, disease-inducing pesticides and substances known as agricultural chemicals?
Consider this, have we heard of any Zika Virus incidents in Cuba? If not, that would lend support to the idea that birth defects like those induced by the Zika Virus spike in areas where overuse of GMO pesticides like glyphosate are occurring. See the trends in Hawaii for comparison.
From Organic Farming and Urban Garden Revolution in Cuba:
“At first, Bourque said, sustainable agriculture was seen as a way to “suffer through” the shock of the Soviet withdrawal. “When they began this effort,
most policy-makers could not imagine any significant amount of rice being
grown in Cuba without the full green-revolution technical package (e.g. high
off-farm inputs). But by 1997 small-scale rice production had reached 140,000
tons, 65% of national production. Today everyone agrees that sustainable
agriculture has played a major role in feeding the country and is saving Cuba
millions of dollars,” that would otherwise go “to the international pesticide cartel,”
Bourque said. ”
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