The phrase “meat and potatoes” brings to mind a stereotypical middle-American diet, the sort you might associate with football players, deer hunters, and civil servants like policemen, firemen and the various branches of the military. Few Americans, however, are aware of the fact that the second part of that combo are not only truly of the Western Hemisphere in their provenance, but that the part of the Americas that they originated in is below the Equator – Peru, in fact. After being domesticated some 7,000-10,000 years ago, the potato has truly become an international food staple, having been introduced to regions outside the Andean origins of cultivation four centuries ago. Today, Peru still boasts a staggering variety of the edible tubers, some 3,000 of which (of approximately 5,000 varieties worldwide) are found there alone.
The following commentary was written for the members of the NYC Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Service (http://www.nyc-arecs.org) that I am the President of. While some of the points are intended for those responding to an emergency, the overall idea is that each of us needs to properly plan for ourselves, families and businesses in case of an emergency. Feel free to email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.