Marjory Wildcraft Talks to Cubans About Economic Collapse

| 10/18/2013 10:01:00 AM

Marjorie WildcraftTo learn how a formerly dependent nation became more self-reliant when vital imports stopped arriving, author Marjory Wildcraft traveled to Cuba.

Wildcraft, best known for her “Grow Your Own Groceries” video series, wanted to speak to working-class Cubans to discover how they became self-sufficient gardeners after their country’s economy collapsed in the early 1990s.

Cuba’s collapse followed the Soviet Union’s dissolution in 1991. Previously, the tiny island nation, just 90 miles from Florida, imported 80 percent of its fuel from the petroleum-rich Soviets.  Nearly all imports were affected, however, such as medicine, food, machinery parts and textiles. Simultaneously, Cuba’s sugar exports plummeted, partly because high fructose corn syrup upset the sugar market.

Eventually, Cubans got healthier growing their own food. But first, they suffered, even resorting to eating domestic pets and zoo animals to keep from starving, according to a Forbes news report.

What happened in Cuba could easily happen here if Americans aren’t prepared.

Wildcraft, a former real estate financial consultant who believes a U.S. economic collapse is likely, wanted to learn from those who already lived through it. Wildcraft traveled with Millions Against Monsanto, a subgroup of the Organic Consumers Association, to discover how Cubans transformed their food system.

10/19/2013 9:46:24 AM

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