Family Farm Defenders (Kansas Chapter)

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Only love and understanding is sanity.

Only love and understanding is sanity. And only love and understanding can resolve the human condition. What we are living now is punishment and humiliation for all those who punish and humiliate us, who were in turn punished and humiliated themselves, largely by their own parents and families. .Only if and when humanity can stop merely "responding and retaliating" to hurt and punishment, heal ourselves and offer true leadership and healing fo those who hurt and punished them and for all, will humanity have a chance to create the better world we need. In the meantime, by simply retaliating in kind to the hurt that was done to us without understanding deeply the other people's suffering and consciousness that made them act in a way that hurt us, we will simply just do the same as them and out of our own hurt and suffering, punish and destroy them; its a downward cycle. Without the understanding, maturity, wisdom, strength and compassion of our ancestors, there is no hope. We need mature, deeply understanding healed land conscious eadership to begin the cycle upward.

When we have destroyed ourselves and our home, planet Earth and beyond, maybe we will finally understand the truth and transform ourselves wholeheartedly. Until then, the ego and unconsciousness  recycled remain strong and we destroy everything. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Current US Legal Requirements for Travel to Cuba (DELTA )5/1/2018


Current US Legal Requirements for Travel to Cuba (DELTA )5/1/2018

OFAC Certification: U.S. law restricts travel to Cuba to certain authorized travel categories. Each passenger will be required to submit a signed form certifying the passenger is traveling under one of the 12 travel categories authorized by Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). The traveler is responsible for qualifying under one of these travel categories.

The 12 travel categories are general categories, but each requires travelers to meet certain requirements. Anyone planning travel to Cuba should review the legal restrictions contained in the Cuban Asset Control Regulations at 31 CFR § 515. Links to the specific requirements for each travel category are provided below. More information can be found in the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Cuba FAQs .


OFAC Travel Categories
Links.

Family Visits
http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=068324bdbf52078106ba1cae84f1a635&mc=true&node=se31.3.515_1561&rgn=div8

Official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations

http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=002773db728358cdf8cb594a773db757&mc=true&node=se31.3.515_1562&rgn=div8

Journalistic activity

http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=db7ed0405936c89cac6cb39bc9a9950b&mc=true&node=se31.3.515_1563&rgn=div8

Professional research or professional meetings

http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=e1022ae33d46f60c530d554d2a254040&node=se31.3.515_1564&rgn=div8

Educational activities and people-to-people exchanges

http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=e1022ae33d46f60c530d554d2a254040&node=se31.3.515_1565&rgn=div8

Religious activities

http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=068324bdbf52078106ba1cae84f1a635&mc=true&node=se31.3.515_1566&rgn=div8

Public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions

http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=068324bdbf52078106ba1cae84f1a635&mc=true&node=se31.3.515_1567&rgn=div8

Support for the Cuban people

http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=068324bdbf52078106ba1cae84f1a635&mc=true&node=se31.3.515_1574&rgn=div8

Humanitarian projects

http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=068324bdbf52078106ba1cae84f1a635&mc=true&node=se31.3.515_1575&rgn=div8

Activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes

http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=068324bdbf52078106ba1cae84f1a635&mc=true&node=se31.3.515_1576&rgn=div8

Exportation, importation, or transmission of information or informational materials

http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=07ab16622c8bc5ff840ebd57d1d38e92&mc=true&node=se31.3.515_1545&rgn=div8

Travel related to certain authorized export transactions

http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=07b6c942b714deb2dee98f945bb674ee&mc=true&node=se31.3.515_1533&rgn=div8

and

http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=160a64fc75f33324dcb35feb870055ff&mc=true&node=se31.3.515_1559&rgn=div8

Please refer to the U.S. Department of State for more information and recommendations.

9. Do all passengers need to sign the OFAC certification?

Yes, all passengers (U.S. and non-U.S.) traveling on a U.S. carrier must sign the OFAC certification.

10. Is travel to Cuba for tourist activities permitted?

No, travel for traditional tourist activities is prohibited. Travel to Cuba is only permitted for the 12 categories authorized by OFAC, and travelers are expected to maintain a full-schedule of activities related to their category of travel.

11. Are all passengers required to have a visa for travel to Cuba?

Yes. Cuba requires all U.S. and non-U.S. citizens (excluding Cuban-born) to have a visa (e.g. tourist card, business visa, etc.) to enter the country.

12. How much does a tourist card cost?

The cost for a tourist card is $50.

13. How long is the tourist card for Cuba valid?

A tourist card can be used once within 180 days after the date of issue. The tourist card is valid for a single-entry for a period of up to 30 days.

Upon arrival in Cuba, a portion of the tourist card is retained by immigration authorities, and the remaining portion is collected at the airport prior to departure from Cuba.

14. Are there any additional requirements if a passenger is traveling to Cuba for business?

In lieu of the tourist card, business passengers traveling to Cuba may require a business visa that can be obtained through the Cuban Embassy. Any passenger without a valid visa will be required to purchase a tourist card.

Questions about this business visa requirement should be directed to the Cuban Embassy .

15. Do passengers need medical insurance while traveling in Cuba?

Yes, Cuba requires visitors to obtain Cuba-specific medical insurance, and a temporary policy will be automatically included in the cost of the passenger’s fare (a $25 surcharge). Passengers must retain their boarding pass during their stay in Cuba. The boarding pass will serve as evidence of the insurance policy should any emergency medical services be required during the trip.

16. How much does a temporary policy for Cuba-specific medical insurance cost?

The cost for a temporary medical insurance policy is $25, which will be automatically included in the cost of the passenger’s fare.

17. How long is the temporary medical insurance policy for Cuba valid?

These temporary medical insurance plans are valid for a period of up to 30 days. If a medical insurance policy is required for more than 30 days, subsequent policies may be purchased while in Cuba.

18. How does a passenger obtain a tourist card and medical insurance to travel to Cuba?

Travelers may obtain a visa (e.g. tourist card, business visa, etc.) through the Cuban Embassy or via third-party vendors prior to travel. If not purchased in advance, travelers will be required to purchase a tourist card (Cuba’s entry visa) for $50 at the gateway departure gate, prior to boarding.

Delta is also working toward an electronic solution to simplify the process for Cuba-bound travelers to purchase their Cuba tourist card prior to travel. Additional details regarding the process for purchasing and presenting tourist cards will be provided as the process develops.

A temporary Cuba-specific medical insurance plan will be automatically included in the cost of the passenger’s fare (a $25 surcharge). The passenger’s boarding pass serves as evidence of insurance and should be retained during the passenger’s stay in Cuba.

19. When purchasing the tourist card, what form of payment is accepted?

Delta accepts credit and debit cards. Debit cards must bear a major credit card logo to be valid for acceptance.

20. Do minors need a tourist card and Cuba-specific medical insurance for travel to Cuba?

Yes. All individuals (excluding Cuban-born) traveling to Cuba must have a visa (e.g. tourist card, etc.), regardless of age and all travelers, regardless of age, are required to purchase Cuba-specific medical insurance. The cost of the medical insurance will be collected with the passenger’s fare (a $25 surcharge).

21. What are the OFAC regulations with regard to Cuba? How does a passenger qualify for an OFAC license?

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has authorized a general license for travel fitting within 12 categories of authorized travel that previously required a specific license (i.e., an application and a case-by-case determination).

Travel-related transactions are permitted by general license for certain travel related to the following activities, subject to specific criteria and conditions in each travel category:

Family visits
Official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations
Journalistic activity
Professional research and professional meetings
Educational activities
Religious activities
Public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions
Support for the Cuban people
Humanitarian projects
Activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes
Exportation, importation, or transmission of information or information materials
Certain authorized export transactions.

For more information regarding OFAC’s regulations regarding Cuba and guidelines for the OFAC license, please refer to the U.S. Department of the Treasury . More information can be found in the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Cuba FAQs .

22. Who is required to submit an OFAC certification?

Any traveler (including both U.S. and non-U.S. passport holders) flying on a U.S.-based airline to Cuba will be required to sign and submit an OFAC certification prior to travel.

23. How does a passenger complete and submit the OFAC certification?

Delta is working toward an electronic solution to simplify the process for Cuba-bound travelers to submit their signed OFAC certification to Delta. Electronic submission will be available through delta.com, online check-in and My Trips in February 2017. In 2Q 2017, customers will also be able to submit electronically via airport kiosks. These enhancements will allow customers to pre-submit OFAC certification to Delta electronically prior to travel.

Until the automated process has been fully instituted, Delta will provide a paper form at the gateway departure gate, for the traveler to complete, sign, and submit. All travelers must submit an OFAC certification or they will not be permitted to travel.

24. Do passengers need to prove the reason for travel that is selected on the OFAC certification to Delta Air Lines?

No, Delta Air Lines only requires passengers to fill out and sign the form, which Delta will maintain for five years, as required by U.S. law. The passenger traveling is responsible for ensuring that the passenger qualifies under the applicable OFAC license selected on the form.

25. Where can I go to learn more?

There are a number of considerations for travel to Cuba. Please keep in mind any requirements or additional documentation that the traveler may be required to have. Stay up-to-date on any additional or evolving travel requirements. Additional travel information can be found on the websites of the U.S. and Cuban governments:

U.S. Department of the Treasury
U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Cuba FAQs
Embassy of Cuba in the USA

26. Are there any restrictions for foreign nationals traveling to Cuba from the U.S.?
Foreign nationals traveling to Cuba from the United States are required by U.S. law to comply with the same requirements as U.S. citizens. All passengers traveling on U.S. carriers may only travel to Cuba for one of the 12 OFAC authorized travel categories. All passengers, including foreign nationals, will be required to certify their reason of travel is within one of the 12 travel categories authorized by OFAC. Leisure travel is currently prohibited from the U.S, and thus, is not one of the OFAC categories. Foreign nationals traveling to Cuba for tourist purposes should not attempt to book travel on a U.S. carrier.

Initially, Delta will restrict international connecting traffic from flights to/from Cuba to avoid any potential lapses in communication regarding the U.S. law restrictions. After Delta’s Cuba operations are satisfactorily established and communications processes for foreign travelers are developed and verified, Delta will remove the international connection restrictions.

In addition, all passengers traveling on U.S. carriers will be required to purchase medical insurance from ESICUBA (the Cuba government insurance provider), which will be sold as part of the cost of the ticket. If the foreign national has medical insurance that is accepted in Cuba, they may request a refund directly from ESICUBA. Delta will not issue refunds for Cuban medical insurance.

Travelers without a valid travel document for entering Cuba (e.g., tourist card, business visa, Cuban passport, etc.) will also be required to obtain a visa or tourist card, with the exception of Cuban citizens or dual citizens born in Cuba. Delta will make tourist cards available for purchase at the U.S. gateway departure gates prior to boarding on the day of departure.

27. What do I need to know about departing from Cuba?
Upon departing from Cuba, you’ll need to present your passport, the boarding pass for your departing flight and the other half of your tourist card to Cuban immigrations authorities. You will not be allowed to leave Cuba without presenting the remaining portion of the card.

Video Interview with Fernando Funes Monzonte of Finca Marta, July 2017, Artemesia Cuba, FInca Marta

Unedited video Interviews and photos from 5 person Cuban delegation (3 Cubans, 1 American and 1 Austrian) visit with Finca Marta's Fernando Funes Monzote from August 2, 2017 at Finca Marta, Artemesia, Cuba. Our delegation was led and organized by Katrin Kusy of the Paolo Friere Institute of  Austria, now an agroecology graduate student at ECOSUR in San Cristobal, Mexico, who did an amazing project comparing 2 agroecolgy projects, one in Cuba and one in Chiapis Mexico. (Otto Otto Manuel AnderezAlexis Lamz Piedra and myself provided technical support).

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Barbara Ferrer Adams Sells Cuban-Grown Organic Long Grain Brown Rice, Herbed-Vinegars and Medicinal Products at Mercado 19 y B en el Vedado


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Barbara Ferrer Adams is from La Habana, Habana Vieja and owner of this small business which has sold herbal medicines since 2014.  She is shown to the right with the organic long grain brown rice grown in Cuba she also sells. Below she is with two of her loyal customers. She started this business she says because she has always preferred to treat herself with herbal medicines.  She shared that her grandparents and parents always used a lot of alternative medicines, such as "tissana."  
Image may contain: 3 people, people smiling, indoor     Her grandmother on her mother's side was originally from Jamaica and her father is from Oriente. Her family came from a  tradition of using alternative medicines, she shared.  Many of her grandchildren also use and love these green medicines.  She also shared that a part of her community uses a conventional doctor but that the  older people use the green or traditional medicines. She buys these herbs from other people  and she packages and describes it. She started this business to help other people in need. 
No automatic alt text available.     It has done very well, she shared. The summer and September she shares are slow months. She also has some doctors who send their patients to her to buy her green medicines. 
     She had one client who came to her for help with calculo de las reinas, kidney stones and successfully treated himself with her green medicines.  
No automatic alt text available.     She buys her vinegars from a producer in La Lisa. He makes 20 varieties of vinegar, wine, dry wine and vinegar with herbs. Its also a very healthful product she shared.
     She also sells organic long grain brown rice, which is how I met Barbara, in my search for brown rice. Barbara is selling these products in Mercado 19 y B every Tuesday through Sunday.



Friday, April 20, 2018

UN FAO Representative to Cuba, Dr. Theodor Friederich of Germany, Says Solution to World's Food and Agriculture Crises is the Family Farm Where the Family Does All the Labor Needed Using a No-Till Agroecological Farming System

United Nations  Food and Agriculture Organization Representative to Cuba, Dr. Theodor Friederich of Germany,  Says Solution to World's Food and Agriculture Crises is the Family Farm Where the Family Does All the Labor Needed Using a No-Till Agroecological Farming System

On July 14, 2017, I had the opportunity to visit  with the UN FAO representative to Cuba, Dr. Theodor Friederich of Germany, in his office in Playa, La Habana, Cuba. Dr. Friederich shared that the solution to the world's food and agriculture crises is the family farm where the family does all the labor needed on the farm using a no-till, agroecological farming system. Dr. Freiderich continued that his job as the UN FAO representative in Cuba is to push the Cuban government toward such a system. Cuba is making progress toward such a system he said. He needs to keep pushing and educating  the Cuban government he said. He also shared that he particularly like the work of ACPA in Cuba, the Associacion Cubana de Produccion Animal. https://www.ecured.cu/Asociaci%C3%B3n_Cubana_de_Producci%C3%B3n_Animal

Dr. Friederich is located at 154y 3ra #301, Rpto. Nautico, Playa, La Habana, Cuba. 
Telf. 53 7208-6411, 12, 13
Fax: (53) 7208-6409
theodor.friederich@fao.org
 

Monday, April 16, 2018

July 2017 Visit to the Grass Fed Goat Dairy of the Pedro Luis Bello Family in Bauta, Artemesia Cuba/Julio de 2017 Visita a La Lechería de Cabra Criada con Hierba de la Familia de Pedro Luis Bello en Bauta, Artemesia, Cuba

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    (Ingles/Espanol) Julian Cope, is an American undergraduate student at Swanee University, doing a research project on Cuba's farm to table restaurants. We happened to meet at the Cuban immigration Office in Vedado, La Habana, renewing our visas in July 2017.  He organized this July 2017 delegation to this amazing  grassfed dairy goat farm outside La Habana in Bauta, Artemesia Cuba with support from me and the incredible Otto Manuel Anderez of Inifat  Pedros Luis Bello is the charismatic proprietor, and he and his wife as well as two employees do all the work on the farm. It was an amazing, informative, "refreshing" and uplifting visit. This is a very successful grass fed goat dairy enterprise. The farmer, his savy wife and small staff make the most fresh and delicious goat cheeses, yogurt and butter in their home which they then distribute widely in Bauta and La Habana.  To contact the farm, call the mobile number 05.243.9179. The address is Avenida 235 A No. 13401, Bauta, Artemesia Cuba. 
 
      Julian Cope, es un estudiante estadounidense de la Universidad de Swanee, realizando un proyecto de investigación sobre los relativamente nuevos restaurantes "de la granja a la mesa" de Cuba, organizó esta delegación de julio de 2017 a esta increíble granja de cabras lecheras fuera de La Habana en Bauta, Artemesia Cuba con el apoyo de mí y el increíble Otto Manuel Anderez de Inifat Inifat. Pedros Luis Bello es el propietario carismático, y él, su esposa y dos empleados hacen todo el trabajo en la granja. Fue una visita increíble, informativa, "refrescante" e inspiradora. Esta es una empresa láctea de cabra alimentada con pasto muy exitosa. El granjero, su esposa sabia y su pequeño personal elaboran los quesos de cabra más frescos y deliciosos, yogurt y mantequilla en su casa, que luego distribuyen ampliamente en Bauta y La Habana.

Para comunicarse con la granja, llame al número de teléfono móvil 05.243.9179. La dirección es Avenida 235 A No. 13401, Bauta, Artemesia Cuba.


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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Dara Cooper, National Organizer and Co-Founder of the National Black Food and Justice Alliance Wins Prestigious James Beard Foundation Award

Dara Cooper James Beard Foundation 

Congratulations to the fierce, revolutionary, and hard-working Dara Cooper, National Organizer and Co-Founder of the National  Black Food and Justice Alliance, for being awarded the prestigious James Beard Foundation Leadership Award for her passionate, dedicated, and inspired leadership, "[building] a coalition of Black-led organizations and institutions for Black food sovereignty."
http://www.blackfoodjustice.org    

"The National Black Food and Justice Alliance is a coalition of Black-led organizations, developing Black leadership, supporting Black communities, organizing Black self-determination, and building institutions for Black food sovereignty & liberation. The Alliance seeks to achieve this by engaging in broad based coalition organizing for black food and land, increasing visibility of Black led narratives and work, advancing Black led visions for just and sustainable communities, and building capacity for self-determination within our local, national, and international food systems and land rights work. We focus on our work on Black food sovereignty, land and self-determining food economies  through the lens of healing, organizing and resistance against anti-Blackness."   http://www.blackfoodjustice.org/about      

     Thanks  to Dara Cooper and the National Black Food and Justice Alliance,  we have a truly powerful, conscious and grassroots Black institution dedicated to addressing and lifting-up the food and farm needs of Black communities, children, mothers and fathers everywhere. Thank you Dara Cooper and the National Black Food and Justice Alliance for your vision, consciousness, and love of Blackness.   Congratulations to the  James Beard Foundation for recognizing and supporting the genius, power and leadership of Dara Cooperthe National Black Food and Justice Alliance, and Black Self Determination and Black Food Sovereignty.  
http://www.foodandwine.com/…/james-beard-foundation-leaders…
           


Friday, March 16, 2018

April 16-20 2018, Habana Cuba, Congress on “Universal Health for Sustainable Rural Development"

Congress on “Universal Health for Sustainable Rural Development"
April 16-20 2018, Habana Cuba. 

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Pre-Convention Courses:
http://convencionsalud2018.sld.cu/…/20…/pages/view/cursospre
8 Thematic Areas:
http://convencionsalud2018.sld.cu/…/20…/pages/view/tematicas
To Register: http://convencionsalud2018.sld.cu/…/connvencions…/2018/login
Temáticas de la Convención
1. Determinación social de la salud
Director de temática DraC. Lidia Hernández Gómez
Determinación social de la salud y políticas públicas
Vulnerabilidad socioeconómica, ambiental y su impacto en la salud
Inequidades en salud
Género y empoderamiento
Condiciones y seguridad de la población
Estilos de vida saludables
Empleo y crecimiento económico.
2. Salud de la población como parte del desarrollo sostenible
Director de temática MSc. María Cecilia Santana Espinosa
Salud materno-infantil
Salud del adulto mayor
Salud sexual y reproductiva
Violencia y otros daños a la salud
Discapacidad y protección social
Salud ocupacional
3. Acceso universal y equitativo a los servicios de salud
Director de temática DraC.Carmen Arocha Mariño
Transformaciones en los sistemas y servicios de salud
Calidad de los servicios de salud para los usuarios y prestadores
Integración de redes de servicios y renovación de la APS
Acceso a medicamentos y vacunas esenciales
Enfermería de avanzada: logros, retos y desafíos
Organización, financiamiento, eficiencia y sostenibilidad de los servicios de salud
4. Avances y retos en la promoción de salud, la prevención y el control de enfermedades
Director de temática MSc. Pablo León Cabrera
Promoción de la Salud: información, comunicación social y educación para cambios de comportamientos y percepción de riesgo
Enfermedades trasmitidas por vectores y acciones contra enfermedades transmisibles y epidémicas
Prevención y tratamiento de enfermedades no transmisibles: desafíos para los sistemas de salud
VIH/sida
Enfermedades tropicales desatendidas
Vigilancia en salud
Desarrollo y perspectiva de la salud ambiental
Desarrollo de la Bioseguridad
5. Cooperación internacional en salud para el desarrollo
Director de temática DrC. Marta Otero Ceballo
Cooperación y colaboración en salud
Contratación, desarrollo, capacitación, rotación adecuada y retención del personal sanitario
Exportación de servicios médicos
Brigadas médicas cubanas. Experiencias y resultados
Salud internacional y diplomacia en salud
Centros Colaboradores OMS como plataformas de proyectos para el desarrollo en salud
6. Investigación, innovación y formación en salud pilares del desarrollo sostenible
Director de temática MSc. Kenia Almenares Rodríguez
Innovación en salud
Investigaciones en políticas, sistemas y servicios de salud
Medicamentos biotecnológicos, biológicos y vacunas
Evaluación de tecnologías sanitarias
Aplicación y generalización de resultados
Ética y propiedad intelectual
Formación de recursos humanos en salud
7. Gestión para la reducción de riesgos de desastres
Director de temática MSc. Guillermo Mesa Ridel
Derecho internacional humanitario
Sistemas de salud resilientes
Salud de los migrantes, refugiados y desplazados
Respuesta a sismos de gran intensidad y maremotos
Situaciones emergentes provocadas por fenómenos de origen natural y antropogénico
Cambio climático y salud pública
8. Informática en salud para el desarrollo sostenible
Director de temática MsC. Denis Derivet Thaureaux
Salud y práctica clínica: integración de redes y servicios con procesos centrados en el paciente a través de telemedicina y eSalud.
Trabajo colaborativo y aprendizaje en red
Informática y los procesos de enfermería
Telemedicina e Historia Clínica Digital
Informatización, sociedad y salud
Bioinformática


Via the Amazing
Howard Ehrman MD, MPH
Family Farm Defenders
University of Illinois Chicago
Assistant Professor
College of Medicine
School of Public Health
hehrman@uic.edu

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Report on 2017 INIFAT Urban Agriculture Biannual Encuentro in Havana, Cuba

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"Otto Manuel's cabbage"

 2017 INIFAT Urban Agriculture Biannual Encuentro in Havana, Cuba
Just got back from the four day INIFAT (Instituto de Investigaciones Fundamentales en Agricultura Tropicaal "Alejandro de Humoldt")  https://www.ecured.cu/INIFAT, Urban Agriculture Biannual encuentro in Havana, Cuba, April 2017.  and WOW!, it was amazing! It included intensive urban agriculture training based on Cuba's experience, farm and  organiponico visits, Paolo Friere and popular education, all aspects of the science of growing organic food intensively in an urban setting,   dancing and eating! Participants were from Cuba, Mexico, Uruguay, China, the USA.

I organized a small delegation from the US, including the esteemed Director of the Vermont Carribean Institute, Dr.  Margarita Fernandez, and her amazing assistant; Katrin Kusy from Austria, who used Paulo Friere's work to analyze agroecology movements in Cuba and Chiapis, Mexico and myself, Maria Whittaker,  Program Director for the Kansas Chapter of Family Farm Defenders!  https://fssg.blogspot.com/p/about-local-to-global-advocates-for.html

Participants came from Korea, Mexico and Uruguay to name a few. Lo Maximo! Absolutely wonderful. Photos thanks to the wonderful Otto Manuel Anderez of INIFAT.

Because, the Cuban government does not permit discussions of 'food policy" in Cuba, I learned, I presented a well-received innovative and introspective paper asking: "Is the Food Movement a Spiritual Movement? rather than a discussion of US food policy. This presentation asked participants to enter into their own being to consider whether "consciousness" itself, rather than human beings, is the orchestrator of "the food movement,' with the purpose of bringing humanity home to the consciousness within them.

See you in 2019!
Otto Manuel Anderez added 5 new photos.
Congreso de Agricultura Urbana