Agroecology and the Cuban Nation

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Sustainable projects like agroecology are imagined and instituted at different scales. Whether understood as a science, a political movement or a practice, the viability of agroecology as an alternative to mainstream agriculture partly depends on the scale at which it is (or can be) implemented. Contrary to localized forms of agroecology in the US or regional frameworks for agroecology in the rest of Latin America, Cuban agroecology is shaped by nationalist norms and institutions of state socialism. While associations between agroecology and the Cuban nation state are contested in everyday life, I argue that they remain important ways farmers moralize their agroecological practices. Such moral connectivities may shed light on similar projects for ethical foodways in the postsocialist world.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEthical Eating in the Socialist and Postsocialist World
EditorsMelissa Caldwell, Yuson Jung, Jakob Klein
Place of PublicationBerkeley
PublisherUniversity of California Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9780520958142
ISBN (Print)9780520277403
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2014


  • ethical eating, (post)socialism, food, Cuba, agroecology


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