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Andean potatoes take the world stage, but tough times lie ahead

Related imageFor the first time in its history, the World Potato Congress will take place in Latin America, the “birthplace” of the potato. From May 27 to 31 of this year, hundreds of people from around the world will descend on Cusco, Peru, to attend the 10th annual event, organized by the not-for-profit World Potato Congress Inc. It’s timely, really, that the World Potato Congress is meeting in this part of the world at this time. While it’s exciting to learn more about how the modern-day potato evolved from its humble beginnings high in the Andes, it’s also worth noting that climate change could be threatening this ancient crop – and its peoples. Kenneth Feeley, at the University of Miami’s department of biology, and fellow biologist, Richard Tito, a native Quechua Indian from the region, discovered that tough times lie ahead for rural farmers growing the Andes’ staple crops – corn and potatoes. The two recently co-authored a study about this phenomenon. More

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