Jackson School Journal
of International Studies

Changing America’s Agricultural System

by admin, December 20, 2013

Volume 4 Number 2 – Autumn 2013

Akaisha Miller

Changing America’s Agricultural System

Cuba’s Lessons for Food Sovereignty


“Currently over 26 million Americans are struggling with hunger and diet-related illness as a result of food deserts, or areas with severely restricted access to fresh food. Evidence about urban agriculture from cities and countries all over the world has proven that urban farming is a viable and realistic option in the fight against food deserts. The use of urban agriculture also promotes food sovereignty, the idea that all people have the right to healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced foods. Food sovereignty has six principles which focus on socially and ecologically sustainable farming practices,
ensuring that local communities of food producers and consumers, rather than foreign or private interests, are in control of their own food and agricultural systems. Cuba is one country actively focusing on urban agriculture and food sovereignty. The collapse of the Soviet Union spurred Cuba towards urban farming as a way to feed its citizens and ensure the rights of those who produce and consume agricultural goods. Cuba’s success in urban agricultural cooperatives, agricultural training and education, urban farming legislation, and crop and livestock integration within urban farms serve as an example for the United States to follow in the pursuit of food sovereignty.”
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