By Mike Tauber, Emily Sutherland & Laura Manspeaker
We visited Pinar del Rio, Havana, Viñales National Park, Las Terrazas, and Varadero where we interviewed farmers, market owners, and tourists. The purpose was to find out how much the public knew about the effects of drought and tourism on the production and price of food.
Juder is a farmer at the organoponico in Las Terrazas. He told us about water collection and security, use of pesticides, and variation in prices of goods depending on the consumer.
Verto is also a farmer at the organoponico in Las Terrazas. He is adamant that the farm will only use organic pesticides and fertilizers in the future. Verto also described the changes that have to be made each year to ensure survival of the farm through the hot summer, specifically through crop rotation and water reserves.
Roberto is a scientist and researcher who told us about the effect of climate change on the water supply in Cuba. He states that climate change is increasing the chances of extreme weather events like hurricanes and droughts. As a scholar, he is very concerned about the decreasing availability of water in Cuba.