CONSUMO DE PRODUCTOS AGROECOLÓGICOS CRECE ENTRE 15% A 20% ANUAL

El año pasado había en nuestro país 28 bodegas especializadas en productos agroecológicos y actualmente son 112.

 

(Agraria.pe) Cada año, el consumo de productos agroecológicos crece entre 15% y 20%, señaló el director ejecutivo de la Asociación Nacional de Productores Ecológicos del Perú (Anpe-Perú), Moisés Quispe Quispe.

 

A modo de ejemplo refirió que el año pasado había en nuestro país 28 tiendas de supermercados que tenían una sección para los  productos agroecológicos, actualmente son 112 y cada vez se suman más.

 

“Hay mucha valoración de la población hacia aquellos productos de alimentación saludable. Los supermercados  son conscientes que existen muchos  potenciales consumidores que ahora se cuidan en su alimentación”, sostuvo.

 

En ese sentido, dijo que su representada ha planteado a la Comisión Agraria del Congreso de la República, la creación de una Ley de Sistemas de Garantía Participativa (SGP) que sería una ley de certificación a nivel nacional.

 

“Creemos que  esta aprobación sería importante para los productores ecológicos que necesitan instrumentos legales de acreditación que permita a los consumidores tener la garantía que están adquiriendo productos agroecológico, esto podría dinamizar aún más el consumo de este tipo de productos”, comentó.

 

Frutas de la tierra

 

Por otro lado, el director ejecutivo de Anpe Perú se refirió a las ecotiendas instaladas por su representada donde se comercializan los productos agroecológicos a través de la marca colectiva “Frutos de la Tierra”.

 

Al respecto, dijo que actualmente cuentan con dos ecotiendas instaladas en Cusco y Cajamarca y para este año proyectan inaugurar dos  tiendas más (en Piura y Amazonas) además de una tienda nacional en Lima.

 

Yarn Profile:Pakucho Cotton

First Impressions

For all the progress we've made over the centuries—the gadgets, the inventions, the miracle potions and cures—there are still some things upon which we really can't improve. This yarn is a perfect example.

 

In Peru, rural artisan and Indian farmers are using pre-Columbian farming techniques to grow 100% organic, naturally pigmented cotton plants in their small farmyard plots. The cotton is harvested manually, colors sorted entirely by hand, and the fiber mill-spun in small batches.

 

The resulting yarn is sold internationally under the Pakucho label (Pakucho, a trademarked name of Peru Naturtex Partners, is the ancient Incan term for "brown cotton").

 

Naturally colored cotton has been grown in Central and America for over 4,500 years, and this yarn is part of a recent revival by the Native Cotton Project of Peru.

 

Pakucho is one of the purest yarns available. By that I mean it is grown and processed without the aid of pesticides, herbicides, artificial growth regulators, defoliants, or any other agro chemicals. By virtue of genetic color traits, its eight earthy hues are devoid of synthetic or chemical dye.

 

Now that we know the background of this special yarn, let's untie the hank and see how it performs on the needles.

 

Knitting Up

A hearty cable-spun yarn, Pakucho is composed of five two-ply strands that are comfortably—but not too tightly—plied together. The spin is smooth and steady, and the yarn's thickness consistent. No flecks of questionable farm bits could be found.

 

I did have a brief adjustment period where my needles wanted to snag partial plies instead of a full strand. But after a few rows, I was making speedy progress.

 

By row 10 of my first swatch, I was knitting by touch alone—although I peeked on the purl rows. Stitches were straight and even.

 

Knit up, all those plies give the fabric a mottled, sandy look. The fabric is firm and somewhat unyielding, as cotton can be, but with an underlying soft wearability similar to that of a terrycloth bathrobe. You know it'll get softer and softer over time.

 

I should note that Pakucho is essentially an artisanal yarn. It varies slightly from production run to production run, and even the twist can be faintly different from color to color.

 

Blocking / Washing

Here's where things get fun. First, Pakucho can be washed and dried in the machine, which many people will appreciate.

 

And second, a function of organic cotton as a whole, the yarn's color gets increasingly rich with wash.

 

In a cool bath, my swatches washed and dried with no change in gauge. They relaxed more in warm water, but they dried true to shape—no shrinkage in width or height.

 

However, when I tossed them in a hot dryer and let them tumble for a minute or two, they came out about 13% shorter (the yarn's label warns of shrinkage between 10 and 15%).

 

Although the dryer left the swatches much softer and loftier, you may not want to deal with the shrinkage—in which case simply dry your garment flat. It'll take a while to dry, because this is a dense yarn.

 

Wearing

Pakucho is a sturdy yarn that I couldn't break, no matter how hard I tugged. All those plies also keep the fibers in place during friction.

 

My swatches grew increasingly soft and supple with wear, developing a delicate and even halo that blurred the originally crisp stitches. Over time, those loose surface fibers gathered together into faint pills that were easily removed. The underlying fabric remained thick and strong.

 

When my abused swatches got too far out of shape, I simply dunked them in a warm-water bath, tossed them in the dryer briefly, and reshaped them on a towel to dry.

 

Conclusion

I confess I'm not particularly fond of most cotton yarns, especially those with countless ropelike plies. I miss the vibrant aliveness of wool, the way it clings to your fingers, greets the needles, and unfolds as fabric before me.

 

But I'll make an exception for Pakucho. I find the naturally pigmented colors extremely beautiful, and I appreciate that its creation treads lightly on the environment.

 

The yarn begs for stitchwork, although its lack of elasticity will make any ribbing purely decorative. I could see it making a lovely textured cardigan or pullover. Moreover, for those who desire soft and pure materials for their baby garments, Pakucho would be an ideal option.

 

Any drawbacks to Pakucho? That depends. If you crave the alert perkiness of mercerized cotton, Pakucho may be a little too earthy for you. And if you tend to pick bright colors not normally found in nature, Pakucho may strike you as bland.

 

For me, the yarn shows how amazing Mother Nature can be when we get out of her way.

 

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