Transforming Cuba's Agriculture

July 13, 2009

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For today's weekly food segment, we examine urban farms in Cuba.

The island nation's economy and agricultural system was once highly integrated with our own. American companies ran sugar cane plantations and invested in tobacco and cattle production. For years an industrialized system, Cuba's agriculture transformed after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Today, Cuba has more small urban farms than any other country in the world. And most of the food produced there is grown organically. Miguel Altieri is a professor of Agroecology at UC Berekeley. He explains what Cuba's agricultural system looked like right after the Cuban Revolution, when Fidel Castro took over the country in 1959.