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>Places like Detroit and Cuba show that it's entirely possible to grow food locally to feed people for next to nothing, even in urban areas
Cuba is not a good example, as it has heavily depended on foreign food imports in the past because its poorly equipped and inefficient agricultural sector was unable to feed all their citizens. And the foods they exported, at least after the revolution, tended to be of mediocre quality as well. Cuba used to supply half the Communist Bloc with oranges, for example, but they were juice oranges, not table oranges. The difference as such is marginal, and in terms of taste, fully ripe juice oranges are actually superior to table oranges. But juice oranges usually look a bit unappealing, they tend to have green or dark spots and pockmarks on their outer skin, and they are usually noticeably smaller than table oranges. Not a problem if you turn them into juice, but for a long time, they were passed off as table oranges in countries like the German Democratic Republic or Czechoslovakia, and people used to form long queues in front of state owned grocery shops because even then they were a rare commodity.
Not sure how I got from efficient food distribution to Cuban juice oranges, but oh well.