We Cubans don’t need recipes, but the freedom to grow food

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Why can this cabbage that I plant in an old box on a balcony a few meters from the Ministry of Agriculture give me more hope than the ephemeral projects of the Acopi buying company? (Yoani Sanchez)

By Yoani Sanchez (14ymedio)

HAVANA TIMES – The “experts” arrive, like the Brazilian Frei Betto, to tell us how to do it… but we already know. We have known it for centuries from the first people who made cassava on this island, through my grandparents who made thick maize “tayuyos” like those that could not be eaten all at once; to the “drained” peas that we gave to our young children to make them grow despite their skinny legs and their small size… we already know that.

It’s called “freedom” and it’s the main ingredient in every dish, every culture, every harvest.

Why can this cabbage that I plant in an old box on a balcony a few meters from the Ministry of Agriculture give me more hope than the ephemeral plans of the state corporation? Acopi? Because this cabbage is watered freely. He answers to no one, he does not have to comply with the statistics debited by any leader who struts on a podium.

It is only a cabbage, and we are only people who harvest a cabbage who know that the earth can give much and more, but that it does not produce from ideologies, nationalizations or straightjackets of force designed by central planning. He’s a cabbage, he doesn’t understand parties, and hungry mouths need more cabbage like this.

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