Quick Edit | Say yes to potatoes

Quick Edit | Say yes to potatoes
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First Published: Fri, Sep 10 2010. 11 29 PM IST
Updated: Fri, Sep 10 2010. 11 29 PM IST
What if there was one simple solution to several global ills— from hunger to climate change to food prices? And no, there is no divine intervention involved. The answer could lie in what we eat. Wheat prices have gone up by 30% over the last few months. Net wheat importers such as Mozambique are beginning to witness rioting over bread prices.
Now that country’s agriculture minister is asking his countrymen to switch from wheat to cheap cassava flour for their bread. In 2008, the Peruvian government began to do the same with potato flour.
In May, British scientist Martin Rees said in a lecture that while a beef-eating American’s standard of living was unsustainable, the global population could be sustained at a high standard of living in a clean environment if all turned vegetarian.
This weekend why not order veggie cutlets and french fries for dinner?
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First Published: Fri, Sep 10 2010. 11 29 PM IST