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1333Urban Permaculture on Cuba

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  • Rich Morris
    Jun 30, 2006
      Found an interesting article on the growth of urban permaculture in Cuba
      since their oil supply has been restricted.

      The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

      24 February 2006 Oil Relocalization
      Community Solutions

      In Brief: "Try to image an airplane suddenly losing its engines. It
      was really a crash"... A crash that put Cuba into a state of shock.
      There were frequent blackouts in its oil-fed electric power grid, up to
      16 hours per day. The average daily caloric intake in Cuba dropped by a
      third... So Cubans started to grow local organic produce out of
      necessity, developed bio-pesticides and bio-fertilizers as petrochemical
      substitutes, and incorporated more fruits and vegetables into their
      diets. Since they couldn't fuel their aging cars, they walked, biked,
      rode buses, and carpooled.

      By Megan Quinn
      From Permaculture Activist
      Plants for a Future: 7000 useful plants
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