27 Oct '14, 10am

No, sorry, but Peru is not organic-food heaven

No, sorry, but Peru is not organic-food heaven

I recently got an email from a reader asking me to check out a story entitled “Everything Is Organic & Non-GMO In Peru And Food Prices Are Insanely Cheap. This Is How.” The reader asked me to investigate — although he also acknowledged that the piece was mostly a rant which, in typical internet fashion, didn’t actually explain the “how” promised in the headline. But still, I was intrigued. It’s always worthwhile to look beyond our own system, and our cultural blinders, for alternatives. So I got in touch with Maximo Torero, an economist at the International Food Policy Research Institute who specializes in Latin America and teaches at the Universidad del Pacífico in Lima, Peru. The problem with the assertions in that headline, Torero told me, is that they were pretty much all wrong. “The prices in Peru are pretty high,” he said. “If you are middle class in Lima, for instan...

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