Commercial production of chia in Northwestern Argentina

  title={Commercial production of chia in Northwestern Argentina},
  author={Wayne Coates and Ricardo Ayerza},
  journal={Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society},
  • W. CoatesR. Ayerza
  • Published 1 October 1998
  • Geography
  • Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society
The economy of northwestern Argentina depends heavily on sugar and tobacco. Depressed prices for these crops in recent years have caused significant economic problems, and alternative crops are actively being sought. Chia (Salvia hispanica L.), a source of industrial oil for the cosmetics industry and θ-3 α-linolenic acid for the food industry, is one new crop that could help diversify the local economy. A project to develop chia as a commercial crop was initiated in 1991. In 1996, 13 fields… 

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