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  •  I'm skeptical (4+ / 0-)

    I don't oppose boycotting products but I would want not take action based on the Guardian article alone. The article sounded suspiciously like an industry plant. For example, this paragraph sounds like something out of a meat industry press release.

    "...omnivores have it easy. Britain excels in producing meat and dairy foods for them to enjoy. However, a rummage through the shopping baskets of vegetarians and vegans swiftly clocks up the food miles, a consequence of their higher dependency on products imported from faraway places."
    I seriously doubt that vegetarians and vegans are more likely to buy imported products than meat eaters, and the author provides no supporting data.

    I found more suspect language here:

    Soya, a foodstuff beloved of the vegan lobby as an alternative to dairy products, is another problematic import, one that drives environmental destruction [see footnote]. Embarrassingly, for those who portray it as a progressive alternative to planet-destroying meat, soya production is now one of the two main causes of deforestation in South America, along with cattle ranching, where vast expanses of forest and grassland have been felled to make way for huge plantations.
    The "vegan lobby?" Why not say, simply, "vegans?" Or "health experts?" How about "heart surgeons fed up with doing heart bypasses on people under 40 years of age?"  Also, why use "foodstuff" instead of food?  In my experience, "foodstuff" is rarely used outside of corporate and government publications.

    Price imbalances occur frequently here in the United States. Often, it is more expensive to buy locally produced produce, if one can buy it at all. But, they profit in other ways from the production of those products.  The last thing they want is for consumers to boycott their products. I would be cautious, therefore, about boycotting quinoa until I had done more research of the issue.

    •  Yeah (1+ / 0-)
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      there was rather a lot of vegetarian-punching in that article, and some things (like talking about food miles without acknowledging the huge energy costs of producing meat) are just plain dishonest.

      Producing staple food for export in a poor country always carries the risk of malnutrition if the replacements are not as nutritionally sound or are in short supply.  See Ireland, Potato Famine.  I have to hope Peru can handle the issue, because the popularity of quinoa isn't likely to disappear.

    •  i will continue eating it (0+ / 0-)

      to me this is not enough of a reason to boycott quinoa

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