U.S. companies look to export fertilizers to Cuba

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As Cuba and the United States move closer towards re-establishing diplomatic relations, U.S. companies are increasingly looking for commercial opportunities on the island. The U.S. already exports food to Cuba, next could be pesticides and fertilizers. Yet, Cuba has a large and well-established organic farming sector using only non-chemical products. CCTV correspondent Michael Voss filed this report.

Note: Data for 2012-2014 are estimates. Sources: USDA, Economic Research Service using data from Nutrition Business Journal.

Highlights:

  • There are more than 10 thousand urban organic farms in Cuba, producing around half of all the country’s vegetables, according to the Government’s Urban Agriculture Program.
  • Many of the bigger rural farms already use chemical pesticides to control insects and plant diseases.
  • Despite the success of the urban farms, Cuba still imports more than half of all the food it needs.
U.S. companies look to export fertilizers to Cuba

U.S. companies look to export fertilizers to Cuba

s Cuba and the United States move closer towards re-establishing diplomatic relations, U.S. companies are increasingly looking for commercial opportunities on the island. The U.S. already exports food to Cuba, next could be pesticides and fertilizers. Yet, Cuba has a large and well-established organic farming sector using only non-chemical products. CCTV correspondent Michael Voss filed this report.
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  • Cynthia Roberts

    Commercials opportunities for the US should not trump healthy organically produced food from readily available resources. We in the US need to learn more from the Cuban model, even if it was originally resorted to by necessity. May farmers markets stocked with wholesome foods continue to thrive. Tried and true, animal manure, provides the most sustainable source of fertilizer and companion planting in the organoponicos is a highly developed feature of Cuba’s skill at feeding the population.

  • Monsanto is already preparing their next move……assuming they are not the reason for Obama start this approach to Cuba!