10 Jul '12, 10am

Ecuadorian Farmers Organize 'Illegal' Fairs to Bring Healthy, Fair Priced Food to Communities

Ecuadorian Farmers Organize 'Illegal' Fairs to Bring Healthy, Fair Priced Food to Communities

While the connectivity achieved in the XXI Century through the Internet and mobile technology keeps knocking down intermediaries in production and marketing chains, in some parts of the world regulations prevent this from happening. According to El Universo newspaper , Guayaquil is the second city in Ecuador with the highest intermediaries growth-rate in its food chain. This means that links continue to be added between producers and people, causing food prices to go up: a quintal of potatoes (220 pounds) can cost twice or three times its original value when reaching the end consumer. The Guayaquil Grocery Terminal is one of such instances. Opened in June 2000 to act as a trade and distribution center for food in the city, it was going to be a place for farmers to have their boots and sell directly to markets, but the cost of a boot and the requirements asked made it impos...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/sustainable-agriculture/ecuador...

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