You’ll Never Guess which Country leads the way in Organic Agriculture. ~ Vic Shayne, PhD

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on Jun 20, 2011
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No suspense here. It’s Cuba.

A whopping 80 percent of Cuba’s agriculture is organic. If they can accomplish this, why can’t we?

Okay, you’re right, politics doesn’t allow us to. With huge corporate agriculture influencing Congress and bullying the rest of the market, it’s a tough game to be in. Still, we can marvel over Cuba’s success in the organic arena.

80% is a phenomenal success.

Trevor Reichman, writing for, reports:

“50% of Cuba’s agriculture now comes from urban farms. In the smaller towns, they produce 80 to 100% of the vegetables they need, eliminating the need to transport food long distances. The move back to a human and animal powered harvest, instead of heavy machinery, quickly created 140,000 new jobs in a country with a population 30 times smaller than the USA. In order to produce food without the use of fossil fuels, It was a matter of reclaiming land from the large scale industrial agricultural corporations. According to the documentary, The Power of Community, 80% of Cuba’s agricultural production is now organic!”

In 2001, the BBC reported that Cuba’s annual production of fruit and vegetables was growing at 250% a year.

Back in 1993-1994, Cuba was teetering on the brink of nationwide starvation due to severe food shortages. The Cuban government made organic farming a priority and handed over eighty percent of state-owned land to private shareholder enterprises. The success is impressive to say the least, but especially so for a third world island nation.



For the last 20 years, Dr. Vic Shayne has been involved in nutritional research, both personally and professionally. He’s written several books on the importance of foods and how their nutrients differ from isolates found in vitamin pills. Health is not something we can take for granted.

Visit his website to learn more.


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12 Responses to “You’ll Never Guess which Country leads the way in Organic Agriculture. ~ Vic Shayne, PhD”

  1. Liz Riley says:

    So who has the last laugh? We have ConAgra, they have organics.
    Well, they say necessity is the mother of invention, and when the US put an embargo in place against the Cuba, they needed to grow food without pesticides and chemical fertilizers . . . and they succeeded. Good for them.

  2. K. Li says:

    I pretty much want to take a trip to Cuba now. It'd be nice not to have to worry about which food had poisons sprayed onto it, esp. when I go out to eat.

  3. RJS says:

    Didn't know that about Cuba. Not a supporter of Communism in any form, but you have to hand it to them. As a former farmer it is fun to see your food grow each day, to eat what you have grown is compounded by knowing it is as safe as one can make it even better.


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  5. Jessica says:

    i heard it was a big challenge to eat 'well' and vegi or vegan while traveling in Cuba….?? its a hot spot for us Canadians

  6. Dude, i totally guessed that…

  7. JenniferKH says:

    Why are we so backwards? The FDA seems to be in the business of hiding information rather than protecting us. I'm impressed but also that much more disappointed in the US.

  8. Maria says:

    Did not know that. Cool!

  9. yogiclarebear says:

    Here is a resource/study on organic agri that may be of interest as well:

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  11. I knew that. Of course, they have pretty much no food to buy or eat either. A typical meal here would be a day's worth of food there.