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There are no burros for hire at Pastoruri because the glacier is officially off-limits to tourists and nearly everyone else, except for glaciologists and the lone film crew or two, Flagyl After Leep Procedure. The glacier has receded so dramatically over the last 25 years, it's on a death watch. Glaciologists like Marco Zapata (below) won't say exactly when Pastoruri will bite the dust, 250mg Flagyl After Leep Procedure, but the glacier's demise is around the corner.
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A yummy seafood causa featured on a poster for the second annual gastronomic fair, held Sept. 24-27, in Lima
BBC Online published an insightful overview yesterday of Peru's booming food industries ("Food business taking off in Peru," 9/25/09), Can Tetracycline Be Taken With Atripla mexico, to coincide with this weekend's second annual gastronomic fair in Lima. Dan Collyns reports on the growth of gourmet restaurants, artisanal products and food exports, trends that are helping to prop up Peru's economy in the face of a global economic downtown. (He also notes Peruvians' preference for fresh, 200mg Can Tetracycline Be Taken With Atripla, rather than processed, foods, an idea I've been harping on lately in this blog.)
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Peru's growing food business is expected to make up 11 percent of the country's GDP in 2009, says one marketing expert.
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Let's hope, for the sake of those of us who live and eat in Lima, that conditions continue to favor the Peruvian tradition of bueno, barato y bastante.
Cover photo from The Potato, Treasure of the Andes
Extreme weather shifts caused by global warming are interrupting millenia-old agricultural cyles in the high Andes, reports Barclay for the Miami Herald. That turmoil is having a devastating effect on crops of native Peruvian potatoes, which grow at altitudes of 3, Prozac Side Effects And Contrindications usa,000+ meters above sea level.
Barclay notes in "Peru's Potato Farmers Adapt to Climate Change" (Sept. 11, 2008):
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This news is devastating for Peru because 95 percent of its potato crop is consumed nationally -- only 5 percent is exported. People who live in the high sierra especially depend on these native potatoes (which differ from the white potatoes sold in US stores) because they are among the few crops that can grow at very high altitudes.
Without a good supply of potatoes, the people in the puno will starve -- and they are growing more and more hungry each year.
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For more information on native Peruvian potatoes and efforts to rescue this ancient crop, visit the International Potato Center, In Lima. Peru.