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Mon May 9, 2016, 10:48 PM

6. US companies want to keep Cuba organic - to help supply Americans' appetite for organic food

Cuban farms could one day help to feed Americansí burgeoning appetite for organic food.

Amid the fanfare over President Barack Obamaís visit to Havana, U.S. officials and executives from major food companies, including Honest Tea, Stonyfield Farm and Global Organics, are eyeing the island as a potential supply of organic products, looking to take advantage of its close proximity and decades of farming without chemicals.

Cuba has the ability to grow many of the products that are in high demand in the United States. Coffee and bananas, which both grow well in the islandís tropical climate, are the top two organic imports by value in the United States, and mangoes are not far behind, according to the USDA. Combined the three products represented more than $600 million worth of imports to the U.S. in 2013.

Then there is the possibility of having Cuban farmers grow organic versions of other high-demand crops, especially corn and soybeans needed for animal feed.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/04/the-case-for-keeping-cuba-organic-221475#ixzz48DUJgsqm
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