Note added by Candace: I have seen this film twice and have a copy. It is excellent and when I saw it, it was not available on you tube, Power of Community. You can learn much about how other rich countries can survive on greatly reduced amounts of oil. Cubans actually got a lot healthier growing their own organic food, when they had to give up oil based fertilizers and massive commercial farming machines. Back came the use of animals for plowing, with great benefit to the soil. Back came community also.
Cuban tribute to Australian permaculturists
When Cuba lost access to Soviet oil, fertilizers and export trade market in the early 1990s, the country faced virtual overnight economic collapse and an immediate crisis - feeding the population. Cuban permaculturist Roberto Perez, who features in the film Power of Community attributes much of the success of Cuba's urban agriculture and food security to the introduction of permaculture by a group of Australian permaculture trainers during the early years of the Cuban crisis.
Urban Food Growing in Havana, Cuba
Ron: This positive video about urban gardening in Havana outlines what will become everyone's future as regards food security.
Seeds in the City – Cuba (23 minute video)
Ron: Just ignore the smug “Western” propaganda bias that creeps into the commentary at times and concentrate on the underlying reality. Why? Because that reality is coming to a location near YOU very soon. And YOU and your smug family, friends and neighbours are gonna hafta grow your own food or starve. Never mind the woman in this film who complains about not having US dollars to buy “stuff” at the world parity price Cuban 'US money stores' because very soon the US dollar’s only use internationally will be as toilet paper. Believe it!
Faced with food shortages and widespread hunger, Cuba's city dwellers began growing food on rooftops, in vacant lots and in front of office buildings. "It was a very spontaneous movement. People started to grow things on every available place", states one resident. Now, there are thousands of urban farms and more than a million tons of food is produced within Havana. Its said that 95% of Cuba's food is now grown organically. Hooray for Cuba!