The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (must-see)

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Replaced video May 13, 2013

Hope you are paying attention.  We can learn a lot from what the Cubans have gone through.  DS


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When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Cuba’s economy went into a tailspin. With imports of oil cut by more than half – and food by 80 percent – people were desperate. This film tells of the hardships and struggles as well as the community and creativity of the Cuban people during this difficult time. Cubans share how they transitioned from a highly mechanized, industrial agricultural system to one using organic methods of farming and local, urban gardens. It is an unusual look into the Cuban culture during this economic crisis, which they call “The Special Period.” The film opens with a short history of Peak Oil, a term for the time in our history when world oil production will reach its all-time peak and begin to decline forever. Cuba, the only country that has faced such a crisis – the massive reduction of fossil fuels – is an example of options and hope.

How Cuba Survived Peak Oil


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    Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security in an Era of Oil Scarcity: Lessons from Cuba
    Dr Julia Wright,
    Garden Organic (Henry Doubleday Research Association)
    When other nations are forced to rethink their agricultural and food security strategies in light of the post-peak oil debate, they only have one living example to draw from: that of Cuba in the 1990s.

    Based on the first and – up till now – only systematic and empirical study to come out of Cuba on this topic, Dr Wright will draw from her newly published book to examine how the nation successfully headed off its own food crisis after the dissolution of the Soviet Bloc in the early 1990s.

    ‘There is a great deal of interest in Cuba, including in its radical departure from agricultural policy norms, and in what nations will have to do in the coming years in the context of peak oil. The author has a deep experience of recent transitions in Cuba, and there will be great interest in this book.’

    Professor Jules Pretty OBE, University of Essex, UK

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