Will Coffee Survive Climate Change? We Traveled to the World’s Highest Farm to Find Out

"Unlike a human, a coffee plant cannot walk away from where it is. As a tree, it bears the brunt of the changing conditions over its lifespan.”
Dan Gentile

Why Burger King Is Under Fire for Alleged Rampant Environmental Destruction

"Massive, out-of-control fires raged through the landscape."
Nick Rose

No, Andean Corn Beer Isn't Made with Spit Anymore

I visited the Bolivian city of Cochabamba, where I'd heard a rumor we could get some <i>chicha</i>, the legendary Andean mountain drink traditionally made by women who chewed up corn to kick off the fermentation process.
Aaron Kase
Fast Food

How Global Food Prices Led to the Rise of Fast Food

With Western convenience, of course, comes high levels of fat, sugar, and salt.
Nick Rose
south america

Why Peru’s Altiplano Farmers Eat Clay with Their Potatoes

Inhabitants of the Altiplano area of Peru have been eating clay since pre-Columbian times, more for its medicinal properties than earthy taste. I try it with chuño potatoes and golden ulluco tubers.
Tony Dunnell

How Sucre Became the Chocolate Capital of Bolivia

Nearly anyone you ask in Sucre has an opinion on who makes the best chocolate in town, which is considered Bolivia's chocolate capital despite being located nowhere near the country's chocolate growing regions.
Aaron Kase

The Bolivian President Tried to Buy My Vote with Food

To build support for an upcoming referendum to determine if he would be allowed to run for a fourth term, President Evo Morales provided a feast to sway undecided voters.
Aaron Kase

Lake Titicaca Is Lousy with Trout

Trout—better known as <i>trucha</i> in the area around Lake Titicaca—can be found in many of the restaurants near the border of Bolivia and Peru, but it was an American who introduced the invasive fish here.
Aaron Kase

Cochabamba Is a Meat-and-Potatoes Kind of Town

In Cochabamba, located in a mountain valley to the southeast of La Paz, people grow a shitload of potatoes and transform them into rib-sticking, meat-stuffed fare.
Aaron Kase
hangover cures

Bull Penis Soup Is the National Hangover Cure of Bolivia

When asking locals where I could find a good <i>caldo de cardan</i>, they gave me a sideways stare as if I was trying to score a bottle of knockoff Viagra.
Micah Spangler

This Japanese Fisherman Discovered Bolivia’s Only Giant Freshwater Clams

Twenty years ago, Gustavo Mizushima, whose family moved from Japan to Bolivia in the aftermath of World War II, discovered giant clams on his fish farm. No one knows how they got there, but the mollusks are now in demand from specialist Santa Cruz...
Sorrel Moseley-Williams

The Pope Is Dying to Chew Coca Leaves in Bolivia

The Bishop of Rome and Sovereign of Vatican City has run into a bit of trouble as of late, after Bolivian Culture Minister Marko Machicao revealed that Pope Francis "specifically requested" coca leaves to chew on during his upcoming visit to the...
Alex Swerdloff