Thursday, March 30, 2006

The Potato War permanent link   4 comments
anyone remember that 70's Disco song by John Paul Young???
Was it "War is in the air, everywhere I look around"? Or was it love? Can't remember :-)
Actually it's in the ground, a few inches deep. We're talking about the potato here, the beloved Peruvian "papa"! For those who don't know, the potato's origin is Peru. Period. Scientifically proven.
And Chile is the aggressor again. Hah, big surprise.
They strike us again when our country is most vulnerable, when all defense mechanisms are directed elsewhere: during election time! We have other things to care about right now, we don't need any distraction from our southern neighbor.

They fought a war over a swath of mineral-rich desert, battled countless times on the soccer field and have even dueled over the origins of a pungent liquor both claim as a national drink.

Now, Peru and Chile can add potatoes to its grudge list
read the whole story here

also, Maria's Blog recently had a good article on the subject.
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4 Comments:

At 3/30/2006 10:05:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote...

Of course, what most people is missing here is a small detail. Chile is not trying to claim the origin of "THE POTATO" (since his origin is not entirely certain), what Chile is doing is claiming origin rights over the "potato variations that exist in the island of Chiloe" (and only over those +-250 variations, that by the way don't exist in Peru or anywhere).

But of course, most people in the north border don't really want to hear the whole history. They just hear "Chile is claiming as theirs what is ours". And i can almost bet that they will pass a law next week claiming the potatoes as their invention, declaring the "national day of the potato", and with Humala calling himself "the big potato that every roto wanted to be". -sigh-

Most people that argue over this don't even care to inform themselves why this is done, or why Peru should be working already on registering their 2000+ variations, before some developed country seizes them.

 
At 3/30/2006 10:45:00 PM, Blogger Inka-Wolfy wrote...

anonymous,
too bad you didn't leave a name.

Relax! My little article was meant to be satirical.
Trust me, I do know the whole story and I trust my readers to find out for themselves if they are interested.
No need to be presumptuous.

 
At 4/03/2006 03:16:00 PM, Blogger Ceridwen Devi wrote...

So we owe the greasy spoon and fish and chips to Peru! Must tell Russell Davies.

 
At 6/23/2006 10:06:00 AM, Anonymous Edgard wrote...

no, all that greasy stuff you owe it to people from other countries that "culinarily" killed our papas...

 

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