Seizing the 'Organic' Moment: Cuba's Agricultural Crossroads and Certified Organic Export Potential

21 Drake J. Agric. L. 297 (2016)

29 Fla. J. Int'l L. 304 (2017)

University of Florida Levin College of Law Research Paper No. 16-32

31 Pages Posted: 20 Jul 2016 Last revised: 11 May 2020

See all articles by Wesley Hevia

Wesley Hevia

Akerman, LLP

Michael T. Olexa

University of Florida

Tom Ankersen

University of Florida Levin College of Law

William Messina

University of Florida

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

Cuba may soon be at an “agricultural crossroads.” It will need to decide whether, and to what extent, it wishes to maintain its present organic agricultural identity. That decision will involve balancing two key interests. On one hand, Cuba would like to remain a world leader in, and continue to benefit from environmentally friendly agricultural practices. On the other hand, Cuba would like to better satisfy the nutritional needs of its people without having to rely in large part on food supplies from other nations. There are surely compelling arguments on both sides, including whether these are mutually exclusive. This Article, however, is premised upon the notion that Cuba should, at least to a significant extent, maintain its organic farming practices.

Keywords: Cuba, agriculture, organic, sustainable, farming

Suggested Citation

Hevia, Wesley and Olexa, Michael T. and Ankersen, Tom and Messina, William, Seizing the 'Organic' Moment: Cuba's Agricultural Crossroads and Certified Organic Export Potential (2016). 21 Drake J. Agric. L. 297 (2016), 29 Fla. J. Int'l L. 304 (2017), University of Florida Levin College of Law Research Paper No. 16-32, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2811834

Wesley Hevia

Akerman, LLP

Michael T. Olexa

University of Florida ( email )

PO Box 117165, 201 Stuzin Hall
Gainesville, FL 32610-0496
United States

Tom Ankersen (Contact Author)

University of Florida Levin College of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 117625
Gainesville, FL 32611-7625
United States

William Messina

University of Florida

PO Box 117165, 201 Stuzin Hall
Gainesville, FL 32610-0496
United States

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