Potato Fact #57

In recent years, rising temperatures and low rainfall have forced Quechuan farmers to plant potatoes at elevations of 4,000 meters, where traditionally they have been grown at 3,200 meters. With the mountains rising no higher than 4,500 meters, researchers at the International Potato Center predict that there will be nowhere to grow the region’s 1,400 native varieties of potatoes in 40 years.