24 January, 2022

Radio26.Cu – Matanzas, Cuba

The Radio Station of your Heart from Matanzas, Cuba

Family and urban agriculture: a bet for life .

Food is today a topic of order on the national agenda. A problem that crosses borders, to which is added the economic crisis generated by the Covid-19 pandemic and the international systemic crisis.

Of course, and it is no secret that our country, because it is of a third world order, also drowned in external political pressure, faces difficult situations when it comes to putting food on the Cuban table and medicines in our medicine cabinet.

Someone once said that Cuba is like a bottle cork in the middle of the wide sea. The phrase makes me think that no matter how hard it was to sink a cork, it would be physically and logically impossible. Cork, like this country, comes out sooner rather than later.

Family farming has become in these times a proven effective strategy to meet certain food needs of small social groups.

There are not a few neighbors and family groups that join in this task. Although they are moved by the sense of collectivism, they are also gratified by the idea of ​​sowing, harvesting and exchanging the products obtained from the benefits of nature.

Many urban spaces in Matanzas, for example, meet the conditions to cultivate a plot of land and today they are poorly used, however, others are committed to transforming environments. Lands and landfills can then be seen converted into small orchards, patios and even balconies, making the green grow.

It is not an exclusive initiative of the Cubans. On a daily basis, social media trends show various ways of turning, for example, truck tires, buckets, doorknobs and basins into colorful tanks to sow a lifespan.

Traditional natural medicine, backed by conventional medicine, today becomes an alternative method due to the shortage of medicines in the pharmacy network. A cold, a headache or stomach can also be solved in this way.

If we stop for a second to reason, our ancestors lived in perfect harmony with the elements provided by mother nature, various civilizations made agriculture an identifying mark. That makes us different?