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Cuba asks farmers to use human urine as fertilizer


A Cuban state-run newspaper recently published an article touting the alleged benefits of using human urine as agricultural fertilizer, the independent website Cubanet reported on Wednesday.

A publication called September 5which is the official newspaper of the government of the Cuban province of Cienfuegos, recently “shared an article suggesting that Cubans are fertilizing crops with human urine”, relayed Cubanet on May 11.

“As has happened on other occasions with different [Cuban] state media, September 5 republished an article shared by a foreign media, in this case Agence France-Presse (AFP), which published on April 28 [an article titled] “Human urine, an unexpected but effective and less polluting fertilizer”, details the Cuban news site.

“It should be noted that September 5 does not refer to the original source of the article (AFP), but to the [online news] gate Managementfrom Peru, which reproduced it in full two days later,” Cubanet.org said.

The news that Havana pushed Cuban farmers to use human urine as an alternative fertilizer in late April followed almost exactly a month after a state media outlet in Cuba’s Pinar del Río province published an article in late March. describing the alleged nutritional value of cockroach milk.

The Facebook account of Radio Guamá, which is a local public radio station in the province of Pinar del Río, reposted an article on March 29 “highlighting the ‘nutritional value’ of cockroach milk”, Cubanet reported at the time. org.

Cuba promotes “cockroach milk”. (Zania Studio/iStock/Getty Images Plus, Elena Medoks/iStock/Getty Images Plus)

“The experience…offers details that you might find very interesting. We invite you to read this scientific curiosity to the end,” wrote Radio Guamá in a caption accompanying the republished article (originally from the Spanish magazine Mercatrace) on March 29.

An archived webpage from the Radio Guamá news website appears to show that the state broadcaster also recommended the cockroach milk article to its readers in a separate but similar report on March 28.

The Communist Party of Cuba has previously suggested that its citizens, many of whom suffer from food shortages caused by Party policies, consume alternative food sources such as crocodiles, rodents, ostrich eggs and banana peels.

Cuba is an impoverished country that owes much of its misfortune to the communist policies of Fidel Castro, who took control of the island nation in 1959 and ruled until 2008. The ruling communist party has struggled to provide its citizens enough food for decades. Cuba’s established food shortages have worsened over the past five years due to mismanagement by a senior Communist Party leader named Miguel Díaz-Canel.

Cuba asks farmers to use human urine as fertilizer

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel shake hands as they meet at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. Putin greeted Cuba’s resilience in the face of U.S. pressure as he hosted Diaz-Canel for talks on expanding cooperation between former allies. (Alexander Nemenov/Pool Photo via AP)


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