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The not so humble potato : Comments

By Pamela Anderson, published 6/12/2007

The potato has come a long way since it was blamed for causing everything from lust to leprosy - let them eat potatoes!

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The International Potato Center in Peru undoubtedly deserves more recognition, and thanks to Pamela Anderson for shining a spotlight on it.
The potato, in its multitude of varieties, has certainly come a long way in the past 8 millennia. From a local Andean food to a world-wide yearly eatery of 213 million tonnes. That more than half of this is currently for the developing world is very important.

This itself raises some concern, and not just whether it causes lust.
What purpose is served by improved production? Is it to improve the situation of the poor? Or is it to provide some continuity of current standard of food and nutritional sufficiency(?) for an increasing number of people? If it is no more than the latter, for how long can the Potato Centerís good work match the (approx.) two per cent a year population growth of the developing world?
Posted by colinsett, Sunday, 9 December 2007 1:55:39 PM
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