What Happened In Cuba When The Oil Ran Out

Lessons from the world of r-e-a-l-i-t-y.


By Paul Homewood

File:Old Havana Cuba.jpg

Old Havana

According to the Guardian’s Andrew Simms:

In terms of what is possible in times of economic stress and isolation, Cuba provides an even more embarrassing example to show up our national tardiness. In a single year in 2006 Cuba rolled-out a nationwide scheme replacing inefficient incandescent lightbulbs with low-energy alternatives. Prior to that, at the end of the cold war, after losing access to cheap Soviet oil, it switched over to growing most of its food for domestic consumption on small scale, often urban plots, using mostly low-fossil-fuel organic techniques. Half the food consumed in the capital, Havana, was grown in the city’s own gardens.

Unfortunately for the Cubans, they had little choice.


Agricultural production fell off the edge of a cliff, when abundant and cheap oil supplies were taken away in 1991, and has struggled to recover ever since.

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