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Cuban Environmental History: Reinaldo Funes

  • Lauder-Fischer Hall (Room 303) (map)

A discussion of Cuban Environmental History, 
with Dr. Reinaldo Funes.  

This event is co-sponsored at the University of Pennsylvania by the Latin American and Latino Studies program, the Lauder Institute, and the Departments of Political Science and History.  Coffee will be served! Please join us!

The presentation will be in English.

When: Friday 3/18 at 10:00 am
Where: Lauder institute conf. room in Lauder-Fisher Hall (303 L-FH)

Dr. Reinaldo Funes, Universidad de la Habana

"Less beef, more other animal proteins!  Changing patterns of livestock production, feeding, and environment in Cuba since the 1940s."

After WWII, development policy in the Tropical world emphasized the increase of animal protein in a given national diet.  In 1943, forty-four states, including Cuba, participated in the Hot Springs Conference for Food and Agriculture.  Taking the country’s report to the conference as a departure point, this presentation explores the evolution of animal protein production and consumption in Cuba over a half-century, with special attention given to changes after the revolution of 1959 and, in particular, to policies aimed at transforming the nation’s cattle stock to prioritize milk over beef.  Policies directed at other animal protein sources, as eggs, pork, poultry and fish, are also described.  Many studies treat agriculture and food production separately, but my work aims at an integrated approach, set against the background of the Cold War and the construction of a socialist system.  At end, I consider the implications of the early 1990s collapse of the agro-industrial model for local animal protein production and consumption.