Like many people, my first introduction to the concept of “peak oil” and its ramifications for our industrialized, just-in-time economy that depends totally on the continuous availability of cheap transport came through the movie Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil. WATCH THE ORIGINAL MOVIE. Here’s a trailer.
Everything that I have done since 2003, and I mean everything, can be traced back to this singular movie. The Green Acres Neighborhood Association, GANG Garden and Ecovillage — all my local passions are connected, especially through food as what originally binds us to one another — or not!
So. Here’s the kicker. Now that Cuba has been opened up to the ravages of the global corporatocracy, can this nation’s beautiful example of what we can do, when we get and stay together, let go of heavy dependence on oil and all its attendant products, including pesticides, etc., and farm organically, permaculturally, remain untarnished? Or will this island and its peoples succumb to the hungry maw of Big Ag.