Lessons from Cuba – Surviving sudden economic hardship

When Cuba lost access to Soviet oil and petroleum based fertilizer in the early 1990s, the country faced an immediate crisis – feeding the population – and an ongoing challenge: how to create a new low-energy society.  The video links that follow tell the story of the Cuban people’s hardship, ingenuity, and triumph over sudden adversity – through cooperation, conservation, and community.

Compost and organic fertilizers are needed to recover from the use of petroleum based fertilizers.    The transition time to restore healthy soil can be significant.  During Cuba’s energy crisis the average person lost 20 pounds.

How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (DVD)