Skip to main content

View Diary: If you like quinoa, asparagus, or free trade, read this. (207 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  More - NYT 3/20/2011 (14+ / 0-)

    HT: Lieber, again:

    While quinoa prices have almost tripled over the past five years, Bolivia’s consumption of the staple fell 34 percent over the same period, according to the country’s agricultural ministry....

    “Before quinoa was at the price it is now, people went to Argentina and Chile to work,” said Miguel Choque Llanos, commercial director of the National Association of Quinoa Producers. Now, he said, rising quinoa prices have also encouraged city dwellers to return to their plots in the countryside during planting and harvest seasons.

    Yet there are causes for concern. While malnutrition on a national level has fallen over the past few years thanks to aggressive social welfare programs, Ms. Cabrerizo, the nutritionist, said studies showed that chronic malnutrition in children had climbed in quinoa-growing areas, including Salinas de Garcí Mendoza, in recent years.

    At supermarkets [in Bolivia], a 1,000-gram bag of quinoa, just over two pounds, costs the equivalent of $4.85, compared with $1.20 for a bag of noodles the same weight and $1 for a bag of white rice.
    •  This alone compels me to eat local (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      DawnN

      When the very people who originated the crop can't afford to eat it themselves, something is wrong.

      Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not. -- Dr. Seuss

      by Fe Bongolan on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 11:17:28 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site