Loggers and Lizards Find Common Ground
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The Vivero Alamar district in Eastern Havana is a typical example of Soviet-style housing. Perfectly rectangular apartment blocks march in formation, one after another. Vivero Alamar is just one example of a revolution in food production that swept Cuba in the early 1990s and continues today. From Santiago de Cuba in the east to Pinar del Rio in the west, thousands of urban gardens like Vivero Alamar are blossoming. The Cuban's didn't become organic pioneers through a benevolent ecological epiphany. Their conversion to organic agriculture was the result of scarcity. During the Cold War, the Cuban economy relied heavily on support from the Soviet Union and the other members of the Socialist Bloc. The Cuban's sent sugar to the USSR and in return received oil and a range of industrial products, including chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and tractors. By statistical measures, the Cuban experiment with urban agriculture is a success.