The World Heritage-listed, ancient Inca capital of Cusco, has always had a powerful connection with the land as the might of Incas was fed from the earth and cultivated according to their wisdom. Carrying on this tradition of respect for the land, in 2007, the Government banned genetically modified (GM) products in the region to protect the diversity of thousands of native potato varieties and other Andean food crops. Instead of GM, the government supports organic agriculture. Around 4,000 varieties of native potato exist in the Andean region, most of them cultivated organically, without pesticides or agricultural chemicals. There are a few options for organic eating around town and if you feel like cooking you can pick up a myriad of fresh produce including some exotic local potatoes from the market!
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