1333Urban Permaculture on Cuba
- Jun 30, 2006Found 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
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
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