Foreign consumption of quinoa is good for Bolivia, say actual Bolivians  »


Hopefully putting an end to the great quinoa controversy of 2013, NPR reports that while foreign consumption of quinoa has increased the domestic price of quinoa in Bolivia, it’s also increased Bolivians’ income, so “they’re able to now afford [foods such as] tomatoes and salads and veggies, and foods that they weren’t able to afford before,” Eduoard Rollet of Alter Eco told Allison Aubrey. 

"It’s not true that due to an increase in the price of quinoa, less and less is being consumed" in Bolivia, The Associated Press quoted [Bolivian President Evo] Morales as saying in an article in February.

In fact, Morales pointed to a threefold increase in domestic consumption of quinoa over the past four years.

That means we can continue to eat quinoa without “stomaching the unpalatable truth” about it, right? Considering the truth about quinoa sounds pretty palatable to me, and more importantly, to the people producing the quinoa for us. If they say their experience is positive, then that’s what counts. 

[summer fruit salad with quinoa by Typical Domestic Babe]


Feeding Nine Billion has created this sensible, easy-to-understand video about food shortages, their causes, and strategies on avoiding them. It’s narrated by Evan Fraser of the University of Guelph in Canada, and it is really interesting. If you don’t think you can watch 12 minutes of video, treat it like a podcast and do something else while you listen. (Which is what I did because my audio-visual attention span is worthless.)

The video doesn’t address explicitly vegan concerns, but we’re all humans, and we certainly believe that access to sufficient, nutritious food is a human right. Check out Feeding Nine Billion to find out more about the project.

[via U.S. Food Policy blog]

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