CUBA CENTRAL NEWS BRIEF: Start the embargo debate now

The proclamation signed by President Kennedy in 1962 instituting the U.S. embargo against Cuba had a muscular beginning.

Vesting enormous powers in the hands of the President, it declared that the United States was prepared “to take all necessary actions to promote national hemispheric security by isolating the present Government of Cuba and thereby reducing the threat posed by its alignment with the communist powers.” more “CUBA CENTRAL NEWS BRIEF: Start the embargo debate now”

CDA IN THE NEWS: Can Cuba Supply America’s Growing Appetite for Organic Food?

This article was originally published on EcoWatch by Lorraine Chow.

American organic food producers and advocates, including the CEO of the Organic Trade Association and executives from Honest Tea, Stonyfield Farm and Global Organics, will be traveling to Cuba in May to take a closer look at the country’s unique, pesticide-free agricultural system and developing Cuba’s organic industry for export, POLITICO reported.

The trip will be organized by Rep. Chellie Pingree (D) of Maine. Star chef Tom Colicchio, Pingree’s friend and outspoken proponent of sustainable agriculture, will also attend.

The five-day trip is sponsored by the Center for Democracy in the Americas, which promotes a U.S. policy toward Cuba based on engagement and recognition of Cuba’s sovereignty.

For more, click here.

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CDA IN THE NEWS: U.S. companies make case for keeping Cuba organic

By Jenny Hopkinson

Cuban farms could one day help to feed Americans’ burgeoning appetite for organic food.

Amid the fanfare over President Barack Obama’s visit to Havana, U.S. officials and executives from major food companies, including Honest Tea, Stonyfield Farm and Global Organics, are eyeing the island as a potential supply of organic products, looking to take advantage of its close proximity and decades of farming without chemicals.

Representatives from those companies are among those heading to the island in May as part of a trip led by Rep. Chellie Pingree, a Maine Democrat who has her own organic farm. Celebrity chef Tom Colicchio is also part of the group

To read more about Representative Pingree’s upcoming trip organized by the Center for Democracy in the Americas, click here.