Friday, February 11, 2011

The scarce bean

Two news stories from the past week in the paper El Mundo highlight El Salvador's problem of food insecurity.  

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The first was a story about the price of beans.   In the past year, the price of a pound of red beans has increased 138% from $0.52 to $1.24 per pound.   The price increase reflected the significant destruction of the bean crop by the damaging rains in 2010.  The story noted that the price of corn also rose last year.

The second was the report that the Salvadoran government will import approximately 9 million pounds of beans from China.  The purchase will cost around $5 million, and will help alleviate the scarcity of beans for the Salvadoran markets.  According to the story, Salvadoran officials say the Chinese bean is not the same as beans from Nicaragua, but they tested it, and it's a "buen frijol."

3 comments:

Senor Pescado said...

once again, HEMP needs to be plated everywhere, w/o chemicals, of course, for higth protein seed oil, tofu, miso, tempe, etc
and for organic 9 essential amino acid fish feed, instead of big corp GM corn and soy, crap

need food revolution NOW
cut the heads off the snakes
Viva Egypt!

Funes, Chavez, Castro, you hate gringos,
then 'put up or shut up'
tell Uncle Sam,stcik it and
we will grow hemp,
and f*** you


Funes?
you there pal, or you still corrupted by USA crap?
for MAG, this needs to be #1 topic for debate

Vic said...

Great blog Tim -- thanks for the info! This is a great resource for anyone who's been to El Salvador or is planning to go there.

Vic

Tim said...

Glad you found it Vic.

Senor Pescado -- c'mon, you know the rules, stay on topic.