President Obama’s trip to Cuba accelerated the warming of
U.S.-Cuban relations. Many people believe that
normalizing relations will spur investment in Cuba and improve life for its citizens. But in agriculture, U.S. investment could cause harm instead. Cuba has 383,000 urban farms, producing more than 1.5 million tons of
vegetables. The most productive urban farms yield 20 kg of food
per square meter, the highest rate in the world. But if relations with U.S. agribusiness companies are not managed carefully,
Cuba could revert to an industrial approach that relies on
mechanization, transgenic crops and agrochemicals.