Alternative Nobel Prize Goes to Cuban Group Promoting Organic Revolution

Food First | 12.05.1999

Winter 1999, Vol. 21, No. 74

The Grupo de Agricultura Organica (GAO), the Cuban organic farming association, long at the forefront of the country’s transition from industrial to organic agriculture, was named winner of the 1999 Right Livelihood Award, commonly known as the Alternative Nobel Prize. The Grupo de Agriultura Organica brings together farmers, farm managers, field experts, researchers, and government officials to develop and promote organic farming methods. Its aim is to convince Cuban farmers and policy-makers that the country’s previous high-input farming model was too import-dependent and environmentally damaging to be sustainable, and that the organic alternative has the potential to achieve equally good yields.

Also in this issue of News & Views:

  • New Book Offers Fresh View of U.S. Human Rights
  • Cuban Organic Farming Exchange Program Announces National Meeting
  • Food First: 25 Years in Review, the Middle Years