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Local Producers Missing From Pinar Del Rio Wine Shop

Local Producers Missing From Pinar Del Rio Wine Shop / 14ymedio, Ricardo Fernandez 14ymedio, Ricardo Fernandez, Pinar del Rio, 17 February 2017 – The Pinar del Rio Casa de los Vinos (House of Wines) got off on a bad foot the day of its inauguration. The opening ceremony, held on Tuesday, had to be delayed […] Continue reading

Building Socialism in Cuba

Building Socialism in Cuba As pressure for economic liberalization grows, what would it take to turn Cuba into a socialist democracy? by Samuel Farber In July 2016, thanks to a 20 percent reduction in oil shipments from Venezuela, Cuba’s economy minister Marino Murillo announced a 6 percent cut in electricity and a 28 percent cut […] Continue reading

Cuba Struggles to Feed Itself as Lack of Cash Slows Rise of Urban Farming

Cuba Struggles to Feed Itself as Lack of Cash Slows Rise of Urban Farming February 04, 2016 1:34 AM HAVANA— Sitting beside a decaying Soviet-built housing complex on the outskirts of Havana, the Rotondo de Cojima farm grows several thousand kilos a month of carrots, lettuce and root vegetables, part of Cuba’s drive to feed […] Continue reading

The “Organoponic” Orchard Works

The “Organoponic” Orchard Works MARÍA ROSA GÓMEZ | La Habana | 26 Oct 2015 – 7:25 pm. Broccoli, arugula and cauliflower, grown in Alamar, along with garlic and lettuce. The Alamar Organoponic Orchard (Organopónico Vivero de Alamar) is a leading site in the urban agriculture program. The initiative was launched in the 90s, in the […] Continue reading

A new-style Cuban cooperative hopes road to success is paved with spices

A new-style Cuban cooperative hopes road to success is paved with spices Garlic is coveteted in Cuba and finds its way into most dishes The spice’s value can increase dramatically when not in season Dehydrated garlic — and other spices — could be very profitable BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@MiamiHerald.com When Carlos Fernández-Aballí and his fellow […] Continue reading

Cancer from High Levels of Metals in Reservoirs? (II)

Cancer from High Levels of Metals in Reservoirs? (II) / Cubanet, Ernesto Perez Chang Posted on July 29, 2015 Cubanet.org, Ernesto Perez Chang, Havana, 28 July 2015 – Between the years 2004 and 2007, 65 children from the Los Sitios neighborhood in Central Havana, 7 to 10 years of age, underwent testing in order to […] Continue reading

Contaminated Aquifers, Cause for Alarm

Contaminated Aquifers, Cause for Alarm / Cubanet, Ernesto Perez Chang Posted on July 28, 2015 Cubanet.org, Ernesto Perez Chang, Havana, 23 July 2015 – Although they have not been properly disclosed, in spite of their great importance, numerous studies carried out repeatedly by teams of Cuban scientists have raised the alarm about the critical state […] Continue reading

Venture out of Old Havana for a verdant, flower-infused landscape

Venture out of Old Havana for a verdant, flower-infused landscape BY ALICE SHORT Los Angeles Times Cuba has more than 3,000 species of plants unique to the island, but it’s unlikely that horticulture will come to mind while exploring the streets of Old Havana. When my daughter, Madeline, and I left that neighborhood, we encountered […] Continue reading

The US embargo is disappearing; so, too, must Cuba’s dictatorship

The US embargo is disappearing; so, too, must Cuba’s dictatorship Supporters of the Castros have long argued that a transition to democracy is made impossible by US hostility. That excuse may no longer hold Owen Jones theguardian.com, Thursday 18 December 2014 11.23 GMT ‘If Cuba establishes democracy – while maintaining the grand achievements of the […] Continue reading

Cuba Waits for Development

Cuba Waits for Development December 3, 2014 Erasmo Calzadilla HAVANA TIMES — When the Cuban economy was given a boost at the beginning of this century thanks to Venezuela, its revolution and its immense oil puddles, the island’s leadership began to act as though finally, after many blunders, Good Fortune herself had knocked on their […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Urban Gardens – The Other Side of the Coin

Cuba’s Urban Gardens: The Other Side of the Coin October 14, 2014 Isbel Diaz Torres HAVANA TIMES – To expand on my previous post dealing with Cuba’s urban vegetable gardens, or organoponicos, I would like to share a number of thoughts on the main health risks stemming from urban or semi-urban agriculture. I would like […] Continue reading

Cuba remains trapped between isolation and revival

Cuba remains trapped between isolation and revival March 24 BY STEVE PAUL The Kansas City Star HAVANA — Ten years ago, on my first journey to Cuba, I listened as a friend drove around Havana and spoke about the challenges of the "special period." That phrase seemed a choice piece of Orwellian euphemism for the […] Continue reading

The Mojito Secret & Urban Farming

Cuba: The Mojito Secret & Urban Farming August 11, 2012 Organic and Sustainable Urban Agriculture Fernando Ravsberg* HAVANA TIMES — Ernest Hemingway recommended drinking the mojitos at the Bodeguita del Medio bar, so we tried to find out why. The bartender, Reynaldo Linea — who turned out to be a regular BBC reader — revealed […] Continue reading

Vegetables in Cuba Might Not Be Healthy

Vegetables in Cuba Might Not Be Healthy April 26, 2012 Erasmo Calzadilla HAVANA TIMES, April 26 — I don't want to be an alarmist, I'm only trying to warn people and share a concern. During the crisis of the 1990s, with the shortage of fuel for transporting food from the countryside to the city, the […] Continue reading
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